Get a topic
Brainstorm possible points and evidence to support those points
Organize those good brainstorming ideas into an outline. Remember paragraphs have at least five sentences.
Opening or attention getter or whatever is appropriate
At the least three other sentences
Your thesis or statement that specifically says what your essay will cover
For example: Poe’s story makes very good use of an excellent setting description, a dark tone of trouble and a single point of view of one character.
Body Paragraph One
At least four other sentences that will contain points and quotes as needed
Body Paragraph Two
At least four other sentences containing ideas
Body Paragraph Three
At least four other sentences including some that will be quotes
About four more sentences
Nothing says that there has to be three paragraphs, sometimes there are many more
Also, remember that sometimes writing the introduction and conclusion can be difficult an you may find yourself including information on the author, other stories, who would like these stories, other famous stories by this author etc.
(placed right in the essay at the end of a quote, borrowed idea or borrowed vocabulary)
(Poe 212 16)