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Practice in Making a Simple Outline for a Cause & Effect Paragraph (page two)

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Practice in Making a Simple Outline for a Cause & Effect Paragraph (page two)

Why do we stop at red lights?

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Here's the completed version of the simple outline for "Why Do We Stop at Red Lights?"--the cause-and-effect paragraph on page one.

Opening: Red light at two a.m.
Question: Why do we stop?
Reason 1: Safety (though we know it's safe)
Reason 2: Fear (though police aren't around)
Reason 3: Social conscience (maybe)
Reason 4: Dumb habit (most likely)
Conclusion: We have no good reason.

Once you have practiced creating a few simple outlines, you're ready to move on to the next step: evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the paragraph you have outlined.

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