In Module/Week 7, you will write a 1,200–1,500-word cause and effect argument essay from the thesis/outline that you submitted in Module/Week 7. Please note the word count does not include citations.

Cause and Effect Essay Prompt

Write a cause and effect argument in which you address the question, “How has social media impacted American culture?”

Proofreading Checklist

Use the Essay 3 Grading Rubric in Blackboard and the proofreading checklist to draft and revise your essay. Read through your paper and check the appropriate boxes on the chart below. If any area of your paper needs revision, make sure you correct it before submitting your essay.

Reading & Study ApplicationSuccessfulNeeds Revision
Introduction: Establishes a context for the argument by explaining the need to examine causes or to consider effects; states the essay’s thesis (Make sure you address one of the prompt questions.)  
Background: Gives an overview of the situation  
Evidence: discusses less important causes or effects  
Evidence: discusses major causes or effects  
Integrates at least 4 quotes, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrase from at least 3 outside sources  
Refutation of opposing arguments: Considers and rejects other possible causes or effects  
Conclusion: Reinforces the argument’s main point; includes a strong concluding statement  
Contains pathos (emotional) appeals, ethos (values/belief) appeals, and/or logos (factual) appeals as appropriate  
Title reflects issue and proposal information  
Uses only third person pronouns (all first and second person pronouns have been removed)  
If using current APA format, contains properly formatted, title, abstract, and References page. If using MLA format, contains a properly formatted Works Cited page If using Turabian format, contains a properly formatted title page and Bibliography page  
Double spaced; 12-point Times New Roman font  
Uses signal phrases and appropriate transitions  
  15. References/Works Cited/ Bibliography page includes all sources   cited within the body of the essay  
Checked spelling, grammar/mechanics