Select your topic. Identify important points to be addressed within the essay and develop an outline. Research facts, statistics and academic writings that relate to your topic through your school library or Internet.
Formulate a strong thesis statement. The thesis tells readers what your essay is going to be about. The thesis sentence is generally located in the final sentence of your introduction.
Write your introduction. The introductory paragraph should provide a preview of what you're presenting in your essay. Explain what you're arguing and how you're going to argue that point.
Create the body of the essay. Present each of your points in a separate paragraph and include a topic sentence (and explanation of the paragraph) at the start of each one. Cite facts and data to help strengthen your argument.
Write the conclusion. Provide a short summary of the essay and tie it all back to one final argument. The conclusion should be the most powerful part of the essay.