Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.

INTRODUCTION

A causal analysis asks you to examine either the causes of a problem, why the problem has happened, or what factors have led to a particular problem. To write an effective causal analysis essay the body paragraphs should focus on 2–4 specific causes (i.e., actions, events, thoughts, attitudes, conditions, or decisions) that have led to the problem you have identified. Writing about causes is an important skill in academic, professional, and real-world contexts, and the ability to identify the causes of a problem is essential in persuasive writing.

SCENARIO

Identify a social, environmental, or political problem that is of local, national, or global concern.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

 

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment.

Note: Be sure to focus only on the causes of the problem in this paper; do not consider effects or solutions.

 

A. Write a causal analysis essay (suggested length of 3–7 pages). In your essay, do the following:

1. Address an appropriate topic.

2. Provide an effective introduction.

3. Provide an appropriate thesis statement that previews two to four causes. (Note: Be sure to focus only on the causes of the problem; do not consider effects or solutions.)

4. Explain the causes of the problem.

5. Provide evidence to support your claim.

6. Provide an effective conclusion.

B. Include at least two academically credible sources in the body of your essay.

1. For your sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

C. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.