Reassert your thesis, not necessarily word-for-word.

Reassert your thesis, not necessarily word-for-word.
1 Choose an outcome, an effect, whose causes you want to determine.
2 Work backwards chronologically from the outcome to find the causes, answering these questions to guide your thinking (be sure to take notes). If you can find an answer to each of these questions, then you probably will be able to find a logical explanation.
• What kind of thing (effect) am I trying to explain here?
• What type of person would do such a thing? A rational or an irrational person?
• Where and when did this thing take place, and did the location and time have anything to do with the thing happening?
• Was anything needed in order to accomplish the thing?
• What would be someone’s motivations to do this thing?
3 Type a 1,000-1,500-word essay according to the guidelines below:
Introduction + Title
Include information your readers will need to understand your effect:
• the history, background, or context for the effect
• people involved with the cause and/or effect
Include a thesis that makes a claim using this pattern:
<> was caused by < >.
Body Paragraphs | one main claim each
Provide topic sentences (claims) that summarize the logical step each paragraph will make.
After each topic sentence, fill the paragraph with detailed, specific, and relevant facts that supply evidence for each paragraph’s claim.
Explain why a paragraph’s evidence supports its claim.
Use signal words or transitions to connect sentences in the body paragraphs and to connect the paragraphs to each other.
Reassert your thesis, not necessarily word-for-word.
Discuss future implications for the cause and its consequence
Explain what this means for your readers—why should they care?