Setting up and essay begins with a thorough review of the assignment guidelines. Students may want to review the assignment guidelines as they set up their essay to ensure that nothing is overlooked or omitted and the overarching purpose of the essay will be accomplished.
Depending on what type of assignment guidelines are involved, the essay should be set up to achieve the desired outcome which will invariably involve more than just reporting everything a student can find about a given topic or issue. Teachers expect students to do their research, of course, but they also expect to see original ideas and views about what is presented. Regardless of the essays length and topic, though, most are set up by using a series of paragraphs that begin with an introduction, followed by the body of the essay which can be a single or multiple paragraphs, and ending with a conclusion.