A Mini Lesson by Diana Dell, Ed.S. to be followed by your own submissions A cause is something that makes something else happen. Out of two events, it is the event that happens first. To determine the cause, ask the question "Why Did it Happen?" An effect is what happens as a result of the cause. Of two related events, its the one that happens second or last. To determine the effect, ask the question "What Happened?" CAUSE The boy kicked the ball. EFFECT The ball rolled. CAUSE The girl teased the cat. EFFECT The cat growled. CAUSE Joe became really tired. EFFECT Joe went to sleep early. At times connecting words are used to link the cause and effect. Examples of connecting words are: because, so, consequently, therefore, due to the fact, since, as a result, the reason for, thus, nevertheless Cause and Effect Mini Lesson by Diana Dell, Ed.S. Write some of your own Cause and Effect examples.