Critical Essay Assignment: The Causal Essay
The purpose of this assignment is to refine your ability to write a cause and effect
analysis using clear logic. You may choose your topic from this list: Critical Essay
Critical Essay Topics
Health Care Reforms, past or present
Social Media (i.e. How online friendships are made or how they differ than in real
life, effect on marketing or culture, relationship to news, or other options you may
check with me about).
Topics about cultural diversity or bilingualism
Racism or other specific forms of discrimination
GMOs or other topics in agriculture
Environmental safety practices (such as oil or mining) or environmental pollution
Evaluate or analyze an art form
A current government policy (besides health care)
How the media influences stereotypes, insecurities or commerce
The reason behind the design of an American monument or other form of
Physical fitness or wellness
A new technological advancement
An addiction or disease
Future trends in careers or employment
You may write on one of these common debates, but the focus should be on finding a
unique point of view that is explained in terms of where it fits among other arguments on
the same topic. A few examples of common debates are: gun control, Roe vs. Wade or
Select a problem and analyze its causes and effects.
Make sure that you consider:
The immediate and hidden causes of that problem
The logical sequence of your argument, your own credibility (establish your
Details that affect that cause
Sources that will support your argument
A bibliography in MLA format (a work cited page)
Any objections or arguments against your points
Be sure to consider the needs of your audience.
As noted in M10, historical events are often the subject of causal arguments. In
addition to the list of topics available, you may select a historical topic for the causal
essay. It is worth noting that you will be continuing with your topic to work on the next
critical essay, the proposal essay, as well. Therefore, it is advised that you pick a
subject that you can create a causal essay for and then go on to write a proposal
argument about. In some cases, you can request the option to work on two difference
subjects for each assignment. Contact me by email to discuss if you wish to choose
this option. This assignment meets the course learning objective to be able to describe,
analyze and write contemporary arguments.
I choose a topic: An addiction or disease :
ADDICTION TO SMOKING CIGARETTE
When I was in high school, some of my friends around me were
smoking. One day I met my friends and spent time with them and somehow, I
tried smoking a cigarette. Since then, I have become addicted to cigarettes.
Before I knew it, I had been smoking for few years, and without it, I had
become unknowingly anxious. I tried to quit smoking several times, but it
didn’t last long.
But it’s already been a long time since I quit smoking. I knew that smoking
was bad for me but I couldn’t stop. I don’t know how lucky I am to be able to
quit now. In today’s society, it seems to be more people who quit smoking
than people who smoke. It is good to quit smoking for our health.
I realized how scary addiction is after I got a cigarette out of curiosity. I
recommend everyone not to smoke.