Any topic (writer’s choice)

The Cause and Effect Essay
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction and Thesis
An appropriate topic is chosen from the list of approved topics or was approved by the instructor. The introduction provides a rationale for the topic choice as well as a clear and convincing thesis.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization
The essay is organized according to effects of a cause, causes of an effect, or causal chain. The chosen organization is logical and consistent throughout.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDevelopment
The essay features a well-developed discussion based on the organizational structure. The essay identifies the most important effects of the cause, causes of the effect, or elements of the causal chain. The essay meets or exceeds the minimum length requirement.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch
The essay includes APA style in-text references to at least four relevant, high-quality sources. The essay includes a correctly formatted references list.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle and Mechanics
The voice of the writer is clear, distinct, and appropriate. The writers message is clearly communicated with appropriate spelling and use of grammar and punctuation. Errors do not significantly interfere with meaning.

Format and cite at least four high-quality sources using the seventh edition of APA. Consult Chapter 14, pages 389420, for a sample essay and numerous types of citations.