1. Research the topic.
Find relevant information that will bolster the content of your essay.
2. Write an outline.
An outline is an organized list of points you wish to make in your essay, in the order they make sense and should be written. Getting your thoughts organized beforehand makes writing the actual essay much quicker and easier, since you know what direction you’re going in.
3. Write the first draft of the essay.
This will not be the final product, so you should not treat it as such. Write what first comes to mind following your outline, it is okay if it doesn’t meet the length requirements quite yet. Try to put in all the punctuation, capitalize beginning letters and proper nouns, and follow your outline.
4. Divide your thoughts into paragraphs.
Each point on your outline should be its own paragraph. A paragraph should contain a minimum of three sentences to stand on its own.
5. Try to follow a pattern of ‘Claim’ followed by ‘Evidence’. Then follow it with ‘Impact’.
The claim is a statement, which is then supported by the evidence such as a reference or a quotation in context. The impact is an intelligent review of how or why that claim is important in the context of the essay. The ‘impact’ then becomes the claim of the following paragraph, and so on.
6. Use transitional phrases.
A transitional phrase eases the reader from one paragraph to the next. If your outline was written well, these phrases should link the content in one paragraph to the next.
7. Edit the draft.
After you’ve written the second draft, edit it. If you are experienced with grammar, you can start sentence by sentence.
8. Write your final draft.
Be sure this is in the correct format. Use both the computer’s spell-check, and read it over yourself as well. If you are unsure of your spelling or grammar, have a friend, classmate or family member read it before you print the copy you plan on handing in.