The Cause and Effect Essay • 3-5 pages • MLA Format! And MLA Works Cited! • Two sources (min.) required: one in favor of your argument, one against your argument. • NO broad topics (causes/effects of: mental illness, diseases, war, alcoholism, child abuse, illiteracy, video game violence, teen pregnancy, racism, poverty, AIDS, unpopularity of soccer, cancer, obesity, texting while driving, high school drop outs, war in Iraq, the Civil War, the Titanic sinking, gun violence, etc. Run your topic by me AHEAD of time! At the root these essays examine why something happens. You have the option of focusing on the cause, the effect, or both. You should deal with not only why something has happened, but also predict what may happen.