How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection


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Why is it important to be able to recognize signal words when reading an informational text that has the cause/effect organizational structure?

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1. What are some examples of signal words and phrases used in an informational text that uses the cause/effect organizational structure?

2. The cause and effect organizational structure is...

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Informational texts, such as news or academic articles, are often written to show cause and effect relationships. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you determine how well you can identify these relationships in reading selections. Things you'll need to know about to pass the quiz include the cause and effect organizational structure and signal words and phrases that signify this structure is being used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Why it is important to be able to recognize signal words
  • Examples of signal words and phrases
  • Order of the cause and effect organization structure
  • What the author should focus on when using the cause and effect structure
  • Ability to identify cause and effect structure from a news headline

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about cause and effect in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding signal words and phrases
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the cause and effect structure

Additional Learning

To learn more about this method of organizing written text, review the corresponding lesson on Identifying Cause and Effect in Reading Selections. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn what the cause and effect structure does
  • Explore signal words and phrases
  • Review examples of cause and effect