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Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts

Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and write sentences with cause-and-effect relationships. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to compare cause-and-effect relationships between texts on a shared topic.

Language

Students will be able to identify and write cause-and-effect sentences with specific vocabulary using a word bank and sentence frames.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceVocabulary Cards: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction TextsGlossary: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction TextsCauses and Effects of Natural Disasters
  • Show students a photograph of a natural disaster (e.g., tornado or a hurricane) with the word "cause" written above it.
  • Explain to students that a cause is an event or an idea that explains why something happens.
  • Ask students to think of effects or what can happen as a result of this natural disaster (e.g., flooding or destroyed houses) and share their ideas with the person sitting next to them.
  • Invite students to share their ideas with the class.
  • Tell students that today they will be identifying the causes and effects of different natural disasters.