Read the first part of the Cause and Effect chapter
Now to the assignment. Read the first part of the “Cause and Effect” chapter on how to organize and write a cause and effect essay. You have also read several examples of cause and effect in the module readings. So, you probably have a good idea of what to do in this essay. You will find “topics” for this essay on p. 449, item 2. Choose ONE of the topics listed below and write a cause/effect essay. As usual, if you have another idea, I urge you to run it by me. It is always better to write about something in which you are interested than something you are not completely invested in. For instance, in Javdani’s short essay “…on Writing” she discusses this very thing. Take a quick look at her essay after the essay.
Topics (Explain either the causes or the effects of one of the following, but narrow your topic, so you can write effectively. For example, you might want to discuss one cause and several effects of a situation.)
The Pressure on Students to Get Good Grades
The Scarcity of People Training for Employment As A Skilled Worker, i.e. Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters, etc.
Your essay must be three-five pages and written in the MLA formatting style. The following video should help you use the correct MLA formatting style if you have used evidence as I suggested earlier.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.