Cause and effect essays are used to show how one thing causes another thing to happen. The result is the effect. You can have multiple causes or multiple effects depending on the structure of your essay. Use these ideas to outline a cause and effect essay.

Decide your essay structure and then outline your essay according to this structure. You can set the essay up with many effects caused by one thing or you can set the essay up with one effect caused by many things.

Brainstorm the causes and effects so you can find the best topics to include in your essay. You want to find a general statement to prove and then find the main causes of the effects you write about. Use these points to form your topic sentences.

Write an introduction with a thesis statement. Place your general statement in the thesis. Then pick three points that will explain or prove your thesis statement. These will be the main three points in your outline structure.

List the first point or statement. This will probably be your first effect. List one or more causes explaining why the effect happened. List your supporting details in point form under the first point. Write a sentence leading into the next paragraph.

Add your next point or statement. List your causes explaining the effect. List your supporting details in point form beneath this statement. Beneath the points, add a lead into the next paragraph.

Repeat the structure for the third cause and effect. List your supporting details in point form and write a lead into the next paragraph.

Insert a conclusion beneath your points tying all the paragraphs together. You now have an essay outline with an introduction, three main statements with point form causes beneath each statement and a conclusion.