Thank you for posting on Wyzant. It seems like you are going to make an argumentative essay. Depending how many paragraphs it is depends on the contents.
For a short essay:
- Give your opinion. (Example: A life of solitude can do more good then bad to one's health and mind.)
- Then state an evidence to why that supports your opinion. (Example: In the Walden is states, ".....")
- Then give detail about the evidence and why it supports your claim. (Example: According by what it may appear to be in the "Walden", it clearly show that a life of solitude is............)
- End with a strong sentence to leave the reader something to remember. (Example: Being more then just hidden away, shining bright and helping others is more to life than just that.)
Long-essay MLA (most popular: 5 Paragraphs):
- Introduction: Introduce to the reader what you will talk about. Do not give facts. (Note: add a question to make it more interesting.)
- Body Paragraph: Support your argument/claim by adding evidence and explaining that evidence in detail. (Note: use facts.)
- Body Paragraph 2: Go against your own claim and tell the faults about your argument. (Note: pretend you are the opposing side. Describe the flaws.)
- Body Paragraph 3: Come back with your original claim and tell why the pros are better then the cons in "Body Paragraph 2". (Note: use more facts to why the flaws are not a problem.)
- Conclusion: Give your opinion of the argument. (Note: answer any question you asked in the introduction.) End it with a strong last sentence for your readers to walk away remembering.
I would be happy to help and teach you the writing skills to make great essay, etc... efficiently. If you would like to try out a lesson with me, please contact me anytime. I would be happy to answer any of your questions.