Lesson Plan

Words That Show Cause and Effect

This lesson helps students recognize cause-and-effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction writing by identifying clue words. It can be used on its own or as a precursor to Cause and Effect with Comic Strips.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Cause and Effect with Comic Strips lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Cause and Effect with Comic Strips lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the difference between cause and effect and create examples of cause-and-effect relationships in the form of comic strips.

Language

Students will be able to identify cause-and-effect relationships with clue words using sentence frames.

Introduction

(6 minutes)
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  • Tell students about a day when many things went wrong. (For example, say "I didn't hear my alarm so I got to work late. Because I was rushing, I spilled coffee on my shirt. Then, I had to take time out of my day to clean my shirt and as a result, I didn't get to finish my work today.")
  • Explain that the events or occurrences on this day are connected. One event caused another event to happen. Tell students that today they will learn about cause-and-effect relationships in sentences and how to look for clue words to help them find these connections.
  • Ask students to think of a time when they've had a bad day similar to yours and ask them to recall the events that made it a bad day. Invite a few students to share their experiences. Point out any cause-and-effect relationships between the events of the day. Document their experiences on a piece of chart paper and leave up for the duration of the lesson.