Step 1: Read the essay
Readthe question. Decide what kind of essay it is - opinion,compare/contrast, problem and solution, cause and effect, or a mixture.The type of question will decide the layout and your ideas.
Step 2: Underline
Underlinekey vocabulary in the question and write words with the same or relatedmeaning. This will really save you a lot of time later on. It will alsohelp to avoid repetition of words, and will show that you understandthe question.
Step 3: Get Ideas
Decide if you are for oragainst the idea. Usually it is best to give both sides (for andagainst - one paragraph each) and then to give your opinion in theconclusion. However there are other ways of laying out your essay.
Step 4: Decide Layout
Youshould decide on a layout. The easiest is 3773. That means fourparagraphs: introduction (3 sentences) one side (7 sentences), theother side (7 sentences) and the conclusion (3 sentences). This willgive you 20 sentences. An average of about 12 words each, that is 240words. Perfect!
Step 5: Write
Afteryou have written your plan, write your essay. Follow the steps in thiswebsite for writing the introduction, body, and conclusion. Check forfragments, run-ons and comma splices.