TEMPLATES FOR DRAFTING CAUSE-AND-EFFECT ANALYSES
When you begin to draft a cause-and-effect analysis, you need to identify what you’re
analyzing and indicate whether you plan to emphasize its causes or effects—moves
fundamental to any cause-and-effect analysis.
The following templates can help you make some of these basic moves in your
own writing. But don’t take these as formulas where you just fill in the blanks. There
are no shortcuts to good writing, but these templates can serve as starting points.
The main cause / effect of
would also seem to have a number of contributing causes, including
____________________, ____________________, and ______________________.
Some additional effects of
are _____________________, _____________________,
Among the most important remote causes / effects of
___________________, and ___________________.
Although the causes of
are not known, we can speculate that a key factor is
cannot be attributed to mere chance or coincidence because
Once we know what causes
we are in a position to ________________________.