Causal Discussion Planning Guide

This guide contains requirements for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:

  1. Requirements
  2. Planning process


For this writing project, you write about some combination of causes, effects, or both. You can write about a situation and the causes that brought it about; you can write about a situation and its effects (consequences) it has or may have; or you can write some combination of these possibilities. In any case, write an extended causal discussion of four or more paragraphs.

Here are the requirement for the causal discussion:

Note: To be safe, keep a safe copy of this and all other assignments. Expect to receive confirmation from your instructor that your e-mail attachments have been received. If you don't receive e-mail confirmation in 3 or 4 days, get in touch with your instructor.

Before you turn this writing project in, scan it for these errors which you studied at the beginning of semester:


Use this planner to define the key details for your causal discussion (it is not required). When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself (and to your instructor, if you wish).

  1. If you've not already done so, read the section on causal discussions in the online textbook.
  2. In the box below, briefly discuss the situation about which you'll discuss causes or effects (or both).
  3. List and briefly discuss the causes or effects (or both) you are going to write about.
  4. Describe the intended audience for your causal discussion—who are these readers? Why do they need to read about this situation and its causes, effects, or both? (Try using the audience planner for this.)
  5. Explain how you are going to discuss the causes and effects. Are you going to use description, causal discussion, comparison, classification?
  6. Remember that in any technical writing, you may need to define potentially unfamiliar terms. In the box below, list the terms that you'll use in your causal discussion that will need to be defined.
  7. List the first- and second-level headings you'll use. (See the chapter on headings in the online textbook.)
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E-mail this planning info to my instructor (optional):

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