5-Step Writing Process
Intoductory paragraph
The first paragraph grabs the readers' attention.
It tells them why they should read on.
State your subject and why you are writing about it.
Identify why you feel qualified to take a stand on this issue.
Example: "As a birdwatcher, I understand the importance of the river to birds."

2nd Paragraph
Why should your audience agree with you?
Give two reasons that support your argument.
State your opinion in one or two sentences.

3rd Paragraph: Development
Restate your first reason to support your argument.
Go into detail and give examples that will prove to your audience they should adopt your position.

4th Paragraph: Development
Restate your second reason to support your argument.
Go into detail and give examples that will prove to your audience they should adopt your position.

Concluding Paragraph
Restate the subject of your essay.
Tell them that for reasons you have outlined, they must adopt your position.
Summarize how your reasons support your position.
Conclude with a summary of your opinion.