Cause and Effect Essay Writing

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Explore the world of poverty

as you write a cause and effect essay


  • Level: Upper-Intermediate (B2)
  • Course Type: Self-Study
  • Instructor: Richard P Carrigan, MSE
  • Commitment: 4 weeks


College Writing is a teacher-assisted, self-study course designed to build a foundation for academic level coursework. In this course, you will learn the process of writing a cause and effect essay. You will study strategies for learning vocabulary, understanding authentic reading passages, summarizing, and making outlines. When you have finished this course, you will be prepared to plan, write, and revise an academic essay.

This course is for intermediate, non-native speakers of English who plan to attend a university in the United States and need to master academic reading and writing skills. Lessons include short video presentations, authentic reading passages, downloadable handouts, and interactive quizzes.

CW3: How poverty affects society


Understanding the Topic

What is Poverty? – Listen to a discussion on poverty.  Begin to plan for your essay.

Fact or Myth – Learn the difference between facts and myths.

Vocabulary – Learn reading passage vocabulary.

Reading Passage – Read about poverty and how it affects society.

Summary Writing – Learn to summarize.

Causes of Poverty – Explore the causes of poverty.

Understanding the Essay

The Essay – Listen to a presentation on writing a cause and effect essay.

Direct Quotations – Learn to use direct quotations in your essays.

Cohesion and Coherence – Learn about essay organization and how to write effectively.

Collocations – Learn about collocation and how to use them.

Discussion – Listen to the second discussion on poverty.  Brainstorm your ideas and begin to pull them together.

Academic Language – Learn to use academic language.

Writing Your Essay

Making an Outline – Plan your essay by developing an outline

Gerunds and Infinitives – Learn to use gerunds and infinitives to express your ideas.

First Draft – Write your first draft of your essay.

Revise and Edit – Learn to revise and edit your essay.

Final Draft – Turn in your final draft for grading.

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Course Teacher

Richard P Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years. He has experience teaching and developing curriculum for ESL classes in professional English, general conversation, and academic applications. He earned his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University and his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.