There is only one way to write an essay and that is to plan it. The important bit of the plan is not necessarily about everything that is in the essay. I’ve seen some plans where people have written so much they might just will have written the essay, anyway the plan is about what you don’t say, about what you’re not going to say. At the big the plan is about getting your main ideas, your best ideas on paper and then saving them and saving them for the crunch paragraph, for paragraph four is where you establish very clearly that maybe some of the points in paragraph two or three are not points you agree with you. Also maybe add your own special bit of information it is that bit of information which is so important, which is so vital to your essay and which is vital to your getting the good mark.
At the end paragraph for the crunch is probably going to be your longest paragraph. It’s going to be the paragraph where you back up your facts with good quotations going to be the paragraph where you present your argument in a clever logical ordered way. Each paragraph that you write isn’t a complete idea. We could take a metaphor like Cromwell in the Battle of Naseby which is just around the corner from where I live you might hide some of your ideas, but you might hold back your crunch, but you advance with discipline.
The paragraphs are the blocks as you develop your essay you’re building up your army, like a battlefield. Now a point about some about length here just very quickly paragraphs 1 and paragraphs 5 are probably going to be quite brief paragraph. 1 you establish how you intend to answer the question, paragraph 5 follows naturally from the crunch. Paragraph 5 is exactly what it says on the bottle it is the conclusion of all this discussion. If you want to start in paragraph 5 making a new discussion, if you want to start a new idea you might as well write a new essay. It’s a waste of your time to add anything new to the parapet or paragraph 5. Paragraph 5 concludes what you’ve been writing it follows naturally. Paragraph 4 is your argumentative paragraph, is what you’ve been waiting for now look, it’s exactly like the situation where you get into an argument with one of your friends or indeed maybe not one of your friends, you want to say there’s no point in going on to the offensive right at the beginning and battering some ridiculous childish silly you listen very politely to what somebody else has got to say: “oh yes I understand”, and you reason with them how clever your points are, how wise is yours position, but paragraph four one two three reasons why your position is wrong and bang: you flawed them, you’ve destroyed them, you’ve established your own point of view very calmly and very brilliantly by conceding that they also had a point of view too, but that it was wrong we can say something later about how you set out your essay and how for example you are going to fulfill the requirements of the MLA system.