Writing a Cause-Effect Essay: Developing a Thesis Statement

A thesis statement in a cause and effect essay usually focuses on causes or effects but not both. Use the Cause and Effect diagram that you created in Webspiration Classroom™ to help you draft a thesis statement.


The Cause and Effect Example is shown below.

Cause and Effect example


A thesis statement should offer your explanation or opinion about a cause or an effect. Open a new diagram in Webspiration Classroom to help you draft thesis statements. Type your topic or event in the center symbol. To the left, use point and type to brainstorm thesis statements that focus on causes. To the right, brainstorm possible theses that focus on effects.


Remember, a good thesis statement should:

  • Be short and to the point
  • Contain only one main idea
  • Take a stand and express your opinion


It may take several tries to write a strong thesis statement. When you have one that you like, check it against the list above to make sure it meets the criteria of a good thesis statement.

Cause and Effect thesis

Brainstorm thesis ideas that focus on both causes and effects.

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