Cause and effect relationships in scientific texts
Cause and effect relationships in scientific texts

Cause and effect relationships in scientific texts

I can explain the relationship between scientific concepts.

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Expository text is non-fiction written to inform the reader about a topic. In a scientific text, an author is typically to explain why something is happening. This creates a cause and effect structure, and sometimes one cause may have multiple effects.

An extended passage about global warming is included to help students practice identifying cause and effect relationships.

Common core standard(s)


Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain relationships between scientific concepts by using specific details from an expository text.


An expository text is non-fiction that informs the reader about a topic using facts and data.

Guided practice

Students are given ten questions. Is an expository text fiction, or non-fiction? What do we mean when we say cause and effect? Students are asked to consider these broader questions, and perform a cause and effect analysis of short passages.

Teaching tips

When students are discussing the effects of global warming, ask them to consider actions we can take to help the environment.

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