Sometimes the question already comes with the categories. For example, if I asked you to compare the three different colonial regions that would clearly categorize your essay. Sometimes you have to create your own categories based on the question being asked. For example, as with essay #1 you are expected to know there are three distinct geographic regions from which you can assess the validity: New England, Middle and Southern colonies.4. Brainstorm.
For each category, write all the factual information that you can think of that is connected to the category. (That is: people, events, dates, laws, ideas, groups, Supreme Court Cases. . .)5. Write your essay.
First Paragraph: This should tell the what they will find they in the rest of your essay. It is really an outline of your essay. If it is not mentioned in the first paragraph, then it should not be discussed in the essay. A good opening paragraph should make the rest of the essay easy to write.