Causal Discussion Planning Guide
This guide contains requirements for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:
- 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:
- To get started, read the section on causal discussions in the online textbook.
- Use this cause-effect example as a model. Notice that it uses headings, cites sources of borrowed information in the text, and ends with a bibliography. Use can see other examples at examples.
- Select a situation whose causes you can discuss, or whose effects you can discuss, or some combination of these possibilities.
- Define an audience for this causal discussion in terms of its background, knowledge, and needs for the causal discussion. Append this audience description as a footnote to your causal discussion. This is an important part of the grade for this assignment.
- If you are not sure of certain technical details, look them up, or send out an inquiry to the open forum.
- At the beginning of this causal discussion, provide a discussion of the situation whose causes or effects you will be discussing. Also provide a brief list of the causes or effects you are about to discuss.
- If possible, discuss the situation, each cause, and each effect in a separate paragraph.
- Be sure and indicate the logical relationships between the causes and effects: whether they are alternative, cumulative, speculative, or sequential.
- Be sure to use short definitions and formal sentence definitions as necessary to define any potentially unfamiliar terms that occur in this causal discussion.
- If applicable, use headings and subheadings to mark off the different sections of this causal discusion. This is an important part of the grade for this assignment.
- Include at least one table in this assignment. This is an important part of the grade for this assignment.
- Indicate the source of any information you borrow using the guidelines provided by the documentation chapter.
- As with all writing projects in this course, be sure to use the standard of good writing on this causal discussion.Of course!
- Name your file with your handle and _caus, for example, davidmc_caus.docx.
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:
- Comma splices
- Pronoun-reference agreement
- Introductory element commas
- Compound sentence commas
- Compound predicate commas
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).
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