Cause and Effect in Fiction

Contributor: Jessica Buch. Lesson ID: 10159

Can you predict the future? Knowing cause and effect can help you guess what may happen in a given situation. Learn all about cause and effect as you work with cats and rats and a well-dressed rabbit!



learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you ever wonder why certain things happen? Can you sometimes predict what is going to happen? For example, you see a full glass of milk on a table and a cat jumps onto the table. What is going to happen?

Take a closer look at cause and effect.

What do you think it means?

Look at a few examples to see if you can define it on your own:

  1. I was riding my bike really fast, and I crashed.
  2. I didn't listen to my parents, so I was punished.
  3. It was raining when I left for church, and I forgot my umbrella. I am soaking wet!

See if your definition matches this explanation of cause and effect:

  1. Cause = I was riding my bike too fast.
    Effect = I crashed.
  2. Effect = I was punished.
    Cause = I disobeyed my parents.
  3. Cause = I forgot my umbrella.
    Effect = I got wet!

Hint: Many times, there are keywords that tell us that it might be a cause and effect sentence. These words are: because, if, then, so, and since.

For example:

  1. Since I had a lot of homework, I started right away.
  2. My friends started laughing at me, so I went home.
  3. If you don't do your homework, then you won't get to watch the baseball game.
  4. I couldn't get a book at the library because I forgot my library card.

Because you learned some new concepts, you are going to continue on to the Got It? section to practice!

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