Supporting Details in the Cause-and-Effect Analysis

Supporting Details in the Cause-and-Effect Analysis
Supporting Details in the Cause-and-Effect Analysis

When you start to decide what types of details to include in your cause-and-effect analysis, first think carefully about the thesis. Are you focusing solely on the causes of the event? Are you only looking at the effects of the event? Or does your thesis examine both causes and effects?

Using different patterns of development, especially exemplification, description and process analysis, can be helpful in determining your supporting details. As you write your essay, you will want to use exemplification to clarify the various causes and/or effects you are including.

Description will also come in very handy; for instance, in the letter to the editor example above, you could describe the grim conditions of the overcrowded roads. Finally, process analysis can help you to clearly lay out a chain of causes and/or effects. In Parrish’s essay, for instance, she describes how having kids actively receive a financial education will lead to kids and young adults who have more confidence in their abilities, which ultimately will lead to more financially responsible adults.









Organizing The Essay

Organizing The Essay
Introductory Paragraph

Introductory paragraph consists of general points or attention grabbing details leading to the main idea. For instance, there are several means that effective writers use to "hook" their readers: beginning with an amusing or interesting anecdote, beginning with a question, beginning with a quotation, and beginning with a startling or paradoxical statement. The main idea is often written at the end of this paragraph in a thesis statement, which may also contain three or more reasons (written very succinctly) for supporting this main idea. Each of these reasons should be elaborated on in the body paragraphs that follow. Note: A thesis statement does not always come at the end of the introductory paragraph--some essays have the very first sentence as the thesis statement.









Essay Body Paragraphs

Essay Body Paragraphs
Essay Body Paragraphs
Body paragraphs support the thesis statement, so it’s important that you provide enough development to make your argument believable.

There are 2 parts to the body paragraph: the topic sentence and the supporting details. The topic sentence is to the body paragraph what the thesis statement is to the entire essay. Your topic sentence should express the main idea of your paragraph so your readers know what information they will find. The supporting details then develop that topic sentence with adequate and relevant examples.

Adequate detail: Since the topic sentence is generalized because it is expressing a main idea, you need to back up this generalization with details to prove your main idea. You need to show your reader why your main idea is believable since your reader does not have to automatically accept your argument.









Parts of an essay

What is an introduction paragraph?
The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay.
What does it do?
It introduces the main idea of your essay. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and tells why your topic is important.
How do I write one?









Classification Essay

Classification Essay
In a classification essay, a writer organizes, or sorts, things into categories.
The classification essay organizes supporting details into three or more groups with each group having its own identifying characteristics. For this reason, classification essays rely heavily on description and example as supporting details, description providing the means for identifying distinguishing characteristics and examples illustrating the members of each class.









Classification Essay

Classification Essay
In a classification essay, a writer organizes, or sorts, things into categories.
The classification essay organizes supporting details into three or more groups with each group having its own identifying characteristics. For this reason, classification essays rely heavily on description and example as supporting details, description providing the means for identifying distinguishing characteristics and examples illustrating the members of each class.









The Five Paragraph Essay

The Five Paragraph Essay
The five paragraph essay measures a student's basic writing skills,
and is often a timed exercise.
Use this Guide to help you practice and succeed at this form of writing.









Kind of Essays: Classification Essay

Kind of Essays:  Classification Essay
In a classification essay, a writer organizes, or sorts, things into categories.
The classification essay organizes supporting details into three or more groups with each group having its own identifying characteristics. For this reason, classification essays rely heavily on description and example as supporting details, description providing the means for identifying distinguishing characteristics and examples illustrating the members of each class.









Good Persuasive Essay

A persuasive essay is an article that involves influencing the mindset of the readers. It will contain some discussions that can change how a reader perceives something. It may be a difficult thing to persuade someone to believe your opinion. However, this main goal of the essay will give you enough allowance to do that goal. How can we identify a good persuasive essay?









Cause and Effect Essay

What is a cause and effect essay?
Cause and effect essays are concerned with why things happen (causes) and what happens as a result (effects). Cause and effect is a common method of organizing and discussing ideas.