Careful planning is the key to producing a good essay. Do NOT begin to write your essay the night before it is due to be submitted. You should allow yourselves time to consider, plan (Pre-Writing), write (rough draft), rewrite and revise(go over and change sentences, adjectives, or anything that will make your essay better), and proof read your essay (edit punctuation, spelling, indent before each paragraph, capitalize where needed, commas, etc. )before its submission (publishing).
There are 5 steps to the writing process in order to be successful:
Pre-writing - brainstorming, making a graphic organizer to organize your ideas:
Drafting - writing these ideas down in a logical, Chronological order
revising - omiting or adding other ideas that you have researched or decided to use in your paper
editing - making sure that all of the conventions of writing, (punctuation, capitalization, grammar) are correct
publishing - sharing your paper with your peers!