Identifying Cause and Effect in Fiction

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Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
This cause and effect worksheet opens your child up to improved critical thinking abilities. Use this cause and effect worksheet to focus on story structure.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
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Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of this independent study packet for fifth graders offers a stack of at-home learning opportunities.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Story Map
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Story Map
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"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Story Map
Give your second graders some practice building their reading comprehension skills with the timeless story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Students will read this classic fable and then answer questions about setting, characters, genre, and cause and effect.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Pair the Cause and Effect
Pair the Cause and Effect
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Pair the Cause and Effect
Have your students practice finding the cause and effect relationships between two sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer
Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer
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Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer
Use this resource to record cause and effect relationships found in a nonfiction text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Learning About Cause and Effect!
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Help your students understand what cause and effect looks like in everyday situations! This hands-on, engaging lesson plan allows students to examine cause and effect in their own lives as well as fictional text!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect
Worksheet
Cause and Effect
Use this short story and T-chart to teach students how to recognize cause and effect relationships in fiction.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Students put their knowledge of animal adaptations to the test when they create a new creature with its own unique set of adaptations!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Reading Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Reading Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Understanding the relationship of cause and effect is a cornerstone of strong reading comprehension skills. Students will seek to explain why events happened in a book of their choosing in this cause and effect activity.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Lesson Plan
Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Improve reading comprehension with a lesson on cause and effect! In this lesson, students will use a T-chart to identify examples of cause and effect in and by the end, you’ll all be singing along to the cause and effect song!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Cause and Effect Reading Comprehension: Home Sick
Cause and Effect Reading Comprehension: Home Sick
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Cause and Effect Reading Comprehension: Home Sick
Use this resource to review the concept of cause and effect with your students. In this exercise, students will read a fiction text and identify cause and effect relationships.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
First Day of School: Cause and Effect
First Day of School: Cause and Effect
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First Day of School: Cause and Effect
Readers will delight in this first (worst) day of school story, and practice cause and effect with this funny worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Shiniest Apple: Cause & Effect
The Shiniest Apple: Cause & Effect
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The Shiniest Apple: Cause & Effect
Students will read and recall a story by answering comprehensive questions about the series of the events in the story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Map a Story
Map a Story
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Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Cause and Effect Reading Comprehension: My Day at the Amusement Park
Cause and Effect Reading Comprehension: My Day at the Amusement Park
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Cause and Effect Reading Comprehension: My Day at the Amusement Park
This resource will help your students practice an important reading comprehension skill as they read a fiction text and identify cause and effect relationships
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Red Light, Green Light Questions
Red Light, Green Light Questions
Lesson Plan
Red Light, Green Light Questions
Teach your students to ask and differentiate between recall questions and inferential questions. This lesson will help build a classroom culture around asking deep, inferential questions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Clue Words for Cause and Effect
Clue Words for Cause and Effect
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Clue Words for Cause and Effect
Familiarize your students with clue words that help indicate cause and effect relationships.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
"Somebody Wanted" Story Map
"Somebody Wanted" Story Map
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"Somebody Wanted" Story Map
The "Somebody Wanted But So Then" reading strategy is a great way to help kids identify the key elements of a story. Students will use this easy format to begin summarizing a story of your choice in this fun treasure map-themed worksheet!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Priya and the Penny
Priya and the Penny
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Priya and the Penny
Give your second graders' logical thinking skills and reading comprehension a healthy boost with a lesson in cause and effect. Students will practice determining cause and effect with this short, funny story about a wishing fountain.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause or Effect?
Cause or Effect?
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Cause or Effect?
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the relationship between cause and the effect sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Creating Cause and Effect Skits
Creating Cause and Effect Skits
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Creating Cause and Effect Skits
Help your ELs look deeply at cause and effect at the sentence level. Using skits to reinforce comprehension, this lesson can be used as a support lesson for Learning About Cause and Effect! or a stand alone activity.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Glossary: Map a Story
Glossary: Map a Story
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Glossary: Map a Story
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Map a Story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant
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The Selfish Giant
Is your kid struggling with reading comprehension? Try this short and sweet story from Oscar Wilde.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary Cards: Creating Cause and Effect Skits
Vocabulary Cards: Creating Cause and Effect Skits
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Vocabulary Cards: Creating Cause and Effect Skits
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Creating Cause and Effect Skits
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Identifying Cause and Effect in Fiction

Newton's third law states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. He said this in regards to motion, but it's also a comment on cause and effect, a tool used for compelling storytelling. There are many printable worksheets and lesson plans to choose from in the Learning Library that focus on cause and effect in fiction texts.

Cause and Effect 101

Analyzing the relationship between cause and effect is a matter of finding out which one happened first. Find the connection between the two by identifying how the first action resulted in the second one. Once you can identify the link between an origin action and a result, you will be able to follow any chain of events much more clearly.

Cause and effect can be as simple as:
  • Jane hit the ball. The ball moved.
  • After the earthquake, there was a landslide.
In these examples, the cause is stated clearly before the effect. But, sometimes, the effect is more obvious than the cause:
  • At the Boston Tea Party, Boston residents threw tea into the harbor. They were protesting a new tax by the British king.
  • Only in the past 50 years has climate change been linked to man made emissions.
In these examples, the cause is stated after the effect. Still, the cause occurred before the effect.

In some reading passages, the cause seems hidden. It helps to think about a story’s chronology, or timeline. Take a moment to remember early grammar lessons, and consider the subject(s) and object(s) in each sentence and passage. If you can identify both the order of events, and the subject(s) and object(s), you will be able to correctly decide which primary action resulted in the secondary event. Brush up on your cause and effect skills with these Education.com activities, and reading stories will be much more fun.