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I have been working with students on paragraphs of cause and effect for several years now and have never been able to find exactly the right materials to fit their level. Over time, I’ve worked up some materials and thought perhaps some of you could use them. There are three presentations:

1.   Subordinating Conjunctions

  • when
  • because
  • since
  • if
  • now that
  • so that

2.   Compound Prepositions

  • due to
  • because of
  • reasons for
  • causes of/for
  • result of
  • consequences of
  • effect of / effect on

3.   Sentence Transitions

  • therefore
  • for this reason
  • as a result
  • consequently
  • thus
  • that is why

The unit on cause and effect is not the first time my class works on subordinating conjunctions. We work on them early in the semester and use them again during the unit on time order and contrast.  Prepositions are also recycled throughout the semester, starting with prepositions for space and then time order. Later, we add some more when we work on process paragraphs. At that time, we mainly cover the prepositions used when giving instructions. The cause and effect prepositions are the most challenging of the semester.

I also wanted to remind you of the cause and effect concentration game that I made earlier. You can find the link to that post here: https://pjgalien.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/cause-and-effect-concentration-game/.

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