Introduce a relevant topic, acknowledging how it is debatable. If the topic is complicated, provide some background information to help clarify. What is the issue? Who cares? Then, state your opinion on the topic and explain why you feel this way.
In your thesis statement, summarize the supporting arguments (rational, ethical, emotional) you will use to validate your opinion. Be short, concise and use confident language.
Write topic sentence introducing your first supporting claim. Discuss why it supports your central argument. How does it further your position? Use evidence (fact, quote, statistic, example) to explain. If you have multiple pieces of evidence, great.
Write a topic sentence introducing your second supporting claim. How is this claim relevant? Does it further your position? How? Use evidence (fact, quote, statistic, example) to explain.
Write a topic sentence introducing your third supporting claim. Like the previous paragraphs, discuss how it supports your central argument. Use evidence (fact, quote, statistic, example) to explain. Again, don't limit yourself to one paragraph.
Address the opposing viewpoint. What do they say about the topic? What evidence do they put forward to justify their claims? Provide evidence (fact, quote, statistic, logic) that refutes this claim. Why do you disagree with this argument?
Again, acknowledge a major claim from the opposing side holds. Why is this claim false or weak? Use evidence (fact, quote, statistic, logic) to refute this argument. Why is your argument o-strong="er?
In your conclusion, review the central points of your argument. How has the supporting evidence proven your point of view? How has your argument evolved? Finally, revisit the topic and stress the importance of your opinion.