connor 2 weeks ago
I love this site
unknow 2 weeks ago
this will definitely will help me review for the act test
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Unknown 2 weeks ago
this helped my English class (6th grade) thanks Mrs.Wilborn!!
Unknown 7 weeks ago
This seriously helped me with my essay/speech ideas!
Thanks so much Letter Pile!
mn_heydari5038 2 months ago
these topics are very fantastic. they helped me to write a great essay and, so these topics make writers to write a good essay more about cause and effect
Robbert Dillard 2 months ago
This is very useful, I learned lots.
Jimmy 2 months ago
Thanks this helped
Abbie 4 months ago
This was extremely helpful! Thank you so much!!
Ashley 4 months ago
Thanks for the great ideas to point me in the right direction for my next essay!
Lil 5 months ago
This was great for me because I had to write an essay about some kind of topic with a cause and an effect and this website gave me some really good ideas, Thank You!
Virginia Kearney 9 months agofrom United States
Sophia--I'm so glad that this helped you. I especially enjoy teaching Chinese students. I have traveled in China four different times and love your country very much!
Sophia 9 months ago
I am a Chinese student and I think your sharing did help me a lot. Thank you !
domonique 12 months ago
this is a great sight for my informational reading and writing class its good
Hooriya 12 months ago
Hi thanks for helping me
deeksha 17 months ago
these topics are really good.. i used some of these topics for my projects and got great marks.. i got A+ in all my projects , i am in 7th grade....
Sourav Rana 23 months ago
I think you have presented some great Ideas for hub about relationships.
Hugh Johnson 24 months ago
These topics had a BIG impact on my life. Thanks for your LARGE ammount of tips.
John 24 months ago
These topics really helped me for school
Ruby 24 months agofrom United States
Creative idea for a hub, what was your case and effect for making it lol
BOB 2 years ago
WOW this is super great to look up stuff for an assignment.
Joe 2 years ago
Awesome topics thanks a million
Dwight Goliday Jr 2 years agofrom East Saint Louis
Wow. There are a lot things that cause and effect. Very informative write.
Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States
Thanks Zakeycia and YoLex. My students have come up with most of these topics through the years and now this is my most visited article so they must have done a good job! I think it got over 2000 views one day last week!
YoLex 2 years ago
This is awesome I wish I'd found this hub before I graduated college lol! Great work!
Zakeycia Dickens 2 years ago
I have a cause and effect essay to type for my English class. I was having a hard time coming up with a topic. Your website and topic suggestions were very helpful. Thank you.
Rasheedah Abdul-Hakeem 2 years ago
Thanks. Great topics.
James Packard 3 years agofrom Columbia, Missouri
What a great hub! Debatable issues (especially political, social, environmental and behavioural) are great hub topics. They are good to write about to do research and clear up one's own viewpoint, but they also get people talking, and also spark very needed discussion. Thanks for sharing.
Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 3 years agofrom New York, NY
I love this one, VirginiaLynne. Your hubs are so valuable to students and professional writers. Cause and effect papers are among the most interesting to read.
I voted this hub "up," "useful," and "interesting." I am bookmarking this hub for future reference. I know I'll be using it! Keep up the excellent work here.
Marilyn L Davis 3 years agofrom Georgia
Good afternoon, Virginia; excellent examples for all categories. Well done. ~Marilyn
Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States
Here is another place to look for topic ideas: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Causal-Analysis-E...
Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States
Hi Gertrude--These two words are ones that are often confused. Affect also means "to produce an effect upon" as well as "to influence." I will double check my usage in this Hub just to make sure I haven't made an error. Thanks!
Gertrude McFuzz 3 years ago
These are great topics. I just have one comment. Sometimes you use "effect" when you should use "affect."
affect = influence - usually a verb
effect= result - usually a noun
effect= cause - not used that often - verb
Shamim Rajabali 3 years agofrom Texas
This will come in handy for my English class. Thanks.
ANCY 3 years ago
I Love it very much
rakesh ranjana 3 years ago
Social causes are growing up in lot more ways, knowing it and having a knowledge about it through this site, will help a lot in many ways for people to understand there relationship and social problems
MariaBrown 4 years ago
Great hub! I like your ideas, it is something different & innovative. Vote up!
DjeLke 4 years ago
Thanks! This is helpful.... Vote up.
Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States
Sumnerswett--I teach MLA format because that is used by most American colleges in their English departments. However, you are very right to point out that APA and Chicago and other formats are used in different types of courses. I think considering cause and effect is sometimes a bit confusing because it depends on where you view the start of the situation. Often a cause creates an effect, which causes another situation. Sometimes it is hard to pull them apart. That is why I usually like to call this a "speculating about causes" essay, because we can't always definitively determine the absolute cause, but we can always speculate and argue for the most important causes, or the most important effects that we see in a situation.
Sumner Swett 4 years agofrom Owls Head Maine
Okay so cause and effect essays are written in different formats, but let me say in my college profession for the essays to be written were to be in APA format, and it is interesting when researching and writing whether it is from information you have researched or if it free lance. I like to research topics before writing and also note taking is effective. The cause is what causes the situation and the effect is what you have to take into consideration to the cause as we all know it.
Kimberly Lake 4 years agofrom California
Great topics! Voted up and shared.
Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States
Leidy--That is a great essay topic. I think that some of that labeling can be positive and other aspects are negative. It can encourage students to believe that they are capable, but it can discourage them by making them think that they don't need to work hard, or that if they don't achieve a high grade on everything, they have failed.
Seth Tomko 4 years agofrom Macon, GA
A good and diverse collection of topics. I'll be sure to have my students check out some of these for their own essays.
Annie Miller 4 years agofrom Wichita Falls, Texas
Very interesting and in depth Hub. I am passing this along and saving it, as well!
Chris Achilleos 4 years ago
Great hub Virginia, I have written these types of essays before, and I have found the information that you have presented here to be excellent. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and useful!
Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States
Thanks so much Carol! You are always an encouragement.
carol stanley 4 years agofrom Arizona
This is something to save when trying to come up with new writing ideas. Great hub...Going to pass this along and of course vote up.
Two weeks ago, your professor assigned a cause and effect essay, but when the due date came, you didn’t even turn it in.
What caused you not to turn in your paper?
Of course, it could be any number of reasons. Let’s say you simply didn’t feel like writing it because you didn’t have a good topic. Maybe you forgot.
Maybe you left your bedroom window open, and a squirrel broke in, chewed up your notes, and chewed his way through your power cord. Your laptop’s battery was dead, and with no way to charge it, you simply couldn’t write the paper. (Hey, it could happen.)
What was the effect of not turning in your paper? The most immediate effect is likely a failing grade on the paper. You might even fail the course. If mom and dad are paying tuition, that “F” could have all other sorts of negative effects that we won’t even begin to discuss here.
Save yourself the anguish of such a scenario. Write your paper.
To help you get started, here are 22 cause and effect essay topics to help you write a better essay.
A Quick Overview
In order to write a good cause and effect essay, first decide if you’ll write about causes, effects, or causes and effects. (Your professor may have already decided this for you.)
Next, make a list of causes and effects to help organize your ideas. The information in this list will be the body of your paper and will help support your assertions.
Finally, remember to use transition words (such as due to, because, and therefore) to link ideas together.
To see these elements in action, read 2 Cause and Effect Essay Examples that Will Cause a Stir.
Once you’re ready to start the search for a topic, check out these 22 ideas.
22 Cause and Effect Essay Topics to Help You Write a Better Essay
To make it easier on you, I’ve separated these cause and effect essay topics into three categories: topics that examine causes, topics that examine effects, and topics that examine both.
Essay topics that examine causes
1. What causes voter apathy?
Ask people why they don’t vote, and you’ll get a number of answers, including the fact that they don’t like any candidates, that they don’t have time, or that they simply don’t think their votes count. Your paper might take these claims a step further by examining what causes people to feel this way.
2. What causes insomnia?
While there are certainly a number of health-related causes of insomnia, you might also discuss how pressures at school, at work, or in your social life might cause you to lose sleep.
3. What causes video game addiction?
I’m sure you’ve played at least a few video games in your day, but are you addicted? If you’re writing about the causes of video game addiction, think about why you like to play and what keeps you playing game after game.
4. What causes fast food restaurants to be so popular?
Whether it’s a quick meal or a late-night run for snacks, fast food restaurants are enticing. Even though fast food restaurants aren’t known for healthy options, people still love the taste and reasonable prices, so they keep going back for more.
5. How can weather cause people to be in a good (or bad) mood?
While a bright, sunny day can put you in a good mood just as easily as a rainy day can put you in a bad mood, consider that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real disorder that can affect a person’s mood and, in some cases, can cause severe depression.
6. What causes people to over-exercise or become addicted to exercise?
Most of us have dieted and exercised our way to losing a few pounds, but some people take exercise and weight loss to an extreme and exercise incessantly. These people might focus so much on their appearance and fear of being out of shape that they become addicted.
7. What are the causes of prostitution?
Teens who run away from home, people who become addicted to drugs, or those who are homeless may find themselves desperate to earn money and turn to prostitution to support themselves or their drug habits. Others may point to the idea that people are willing to pay for prostitutes. Thus, it’s the market that drives people into the world’s oldest profession and the promise of quick money.
8. What causes students to drop out of college?
Have you ever struggled in a course and thought it would just be easier to drop out? While some students may drop out because they’re struggling in courses, others might drop out due to work obligations, family obligations, or being unable to afford tuition.
9. How does online shopping cause people to spend more money?
Have you ever gone online to buy a new pair of jeans and ended up buying not only jeans, but also a new shirt, new shoes, and a new sweater? (I’m not the only one who does that, right?) Online shopping entices you to buy. And if you’re bored and have some extra cash, the convenience makes it that much easier to spend more money than you intended.
Essay topics that examine effects
10. What are the effects of divorce on children?
Many children struggle to adjust to life after their parents divorce. Kids of divorced parents may feel depressed, might act out at home or in school, and/or may struggle with relationships into adulthood.
11. What positive and/or negative effects has technology had on our lives?
This paper might discuss positives aspects, such as safety, computer or cellphone technology, and medical benefits. The paper might also discuss such negatives as Internet addiction and texting while driving.
12. What are the effects of grandparents raising a child?
In this paper, you might want to examine both the positive and negative effects. What can grandparents provide that biological parents might not? How can their experience benefit a child? What are children missing if they’re not raised by their parents?
13. What effect has feminism had on marriage?
Before feminism, men ruled. Women’s roles were limited to housewives and mothers. After women’s liberation, women’s worlds expanded, and they gained more power, not only in the workplace, but also at home. Consider how roles changed with the fact that women were no longer expected to stay at home.
14. What are the effects of growing up in a single-parent household?
Because single parents often struggle financially, consider how children’s lives may be affected if they grow up in poverty.
15. What effect does being labeled “gifted” and “talented” have on students?
While parents and educators believe that such programs are challenging and a benefit to students, children might tease or even bully kids who are labeled as “gifted” and “talented.”
16. What are the effects on student learning in a school with year-round or balanced scheduling?
Balanced schedules shorten students’ summer vacation and offer additional breaks throughout the school year in an attempt to engage students and prevent them from forgetting information. Many argue, though, that this type of scheduling doesn’t help students retain information and simply takes away the right to a childhood and summer vacation.
17. What are the effects of owning a pet on one’s health?
Have you ever had a bad day and are just happy to talk to the only one who understands you—your dog? Pets can make us feel calm, happy, and relaxed. This type of paper might even switch focus a bit to discuss the positive effects of therapy animals.
18. What effect has fracking had on the environment?
This type of paper might address the argument that fracking has been practiced safely for years. Or it might address the reported increase in earthquakes and contaminated drinking water as negative effects of fracking.
Cause and effect essay topics that focus on both cause and effect
19. What are the causes and effects of air pollution?
This essay might focus on what specific pollutants cause air pollution and how air pollution affects our health and causes, among other things, breathing problems. Or it might focus on how air pollution affects the environment, air quality, and plant or animal life.
20. What are the causes and effects of stress?
We all have those things that drive us crazy and create way too much stress in our lives, such as an annoying roommate or your girlfriend’s mom. If you’re writing about the effects of this type of stress, think about how this makes you feel. You might be angry or frustrated, but there could be long-term effects too, such as a possible increase in blood pressure.
21. What are the causes and effects of over-scheduling children?
One school of thought believes that children who are not occupied are more likely to get into trouble. Others argue that over-scheduling children causes them to be stressed and suffer emotionally due to such rigorous schedules.
22. What causes school districts to schedule longer school days, and what effect do longer school days have on student learning?
One argument is that a longer school day means more learning. Others, however, argue that longer school days are too tiring for students. They argue that students will be unable to focus and will not learn more simply because the school day is longer.
Writing the Essay
Once you’ve weeded through potential cause and effect essay topics and settled on your topic choice, it’s time to get to writing.
Even if you consider yourself to be an expert writer, it never hurts to review the basics.
Here are a handful of resources to help you get started:
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