Cause & Effect (Essay #1)


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This page updated: 04/12/2020


Prewrite:  DOK, Purpose & Audience

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The Goal: 


Depth of Knowledge (DOK) becomess essential when writing cause/effect essays.  So, let's review the DOK you need, and how you can develop a sound cause & effect essay.

Be sure to make a copy of the printables before you start the video.


Topic:  Student Choice













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Your DOK needs to be at the NEED TO KNOW level or the NICE TO KNOW level.   Here is the DOK Checklist.


The purpose of your writing will be to persuade/teach your audience about a cause/effect relationship this is important to you.  YOU are the expert here, so speak with authority!


Your audience is a group of teens and adults who are slightly skeptical or lack a clear understanding of the cause/effect relationship you have identified.  So, you may have to briefly address their lack of understanding in your Intro Paragraph, just after your opening hook.  But more on that later.