The video gives an excellent description and visual diagram on how to write an essay. The essay must first begin with your topic, or main idea, which is presented in the introduction (first paragraph). In order to have validity in the essay, the main idea must have supporting details or arguments. These details are subsequently discussed in the following paragraphs. Finally, the entire essay should be nicely summed up in the final paragraph, or conclusion section. Each part of the essay can be only one paragraph if that is all that is needed to convey the point, or sections, which can be more than one paragraph divided my subtitles.
The easiest way to start an essay is to write an outline. The title of your outline should be your main idea, and your outline should consist of at least five parts: Introduction, Supporting Detail #1, Supporting Detail #2, Supporting Detail #3, and Conclusion. Fill in under each part your main points, and now you have a "road map" to write your essay. Doing this step first will help you to visualize the flow of the essay and keep you focused in your writing.
After you have completed your outline, the next steps should be easy. Start writing! An example sentence to begin your introduction if your topic is how to train your dog would be: "Dogs can be great pets if you can communicate to them the rules of the house. This article will discuss the three essential steps you need to understand when learning how to train your dog." Then, you would use transition words such as "First, Next, and Finally" in order to move on to supporting details within your essay. Your concluding paragraph could easily begin with "In conclusion", and this alerts the reader than you have covered the necessary information and that you are going to summarize what they have read.
One last tip when writing your essay: when you have finished, perform a spell check and proofread your work. Correct grammar and spelling are essential in a clear, concise message, and also serve in keeping your reader focused on your writing and not your misspelled words. Proofreading your essay is also a must do because you get to "hear" your tone and perspective in the writing that the audience is going to read as well. Finally, you will be able to catch and correct any missed details, run-on sentences, or broken links that otherwise would not be present.
Hopefully, we have helped you in how to write and essay, and made the task at hand not quite so overwhelming. If you follow these steps, you should be a professional at writing essays in no time!