And then the controlling idea would be that we're going to talk about causes. Like we've talked about before your thesis statement can also indicate what the body paragraphs will be about but you don't have to do that. In your introduction, you mention the topic that's in your thesis statement, you'll say what it is you're writing about.
And then, each body paragraph will be one of the causes.
We're going to think about our topic and we're going to think about all of the causes and all of the effects of our topic. For a thesis statement in a cause and effect essay, we need to indicate what we are writing about as well as whether we're going to write about causes or effects.
When we're thinking about the effects we're asking ourself, what happens when? So in a thesis statement, your topic would be whatever it is you're writing about maybe getting sick or eating too much.
This is another type of academic essay that you might be asked to write in your college classes.
For this type of essay you'll think about reasons why something happens or the effects of something.
If you want to think about the causes, ask yourself why do people do this. Maybe they want to interact internationally or maybe they just want to do something for themselves to improve themselves.
So, the answers to the question why, gives you your causes.
So you need to have a cause that's not so specific that you can't think of anything to write about it.
In each of your body paragraphs, you have to give the details about that cause.