A well formatted essay is like a puzzle with all its pieces fitted in the correct place. There is an order that must be followed, as well as a structure that supports all of its components. Let’s take a good look at the format of a five paragraph essay. Each section will be broken down into various components so that you can see how they all fit together.
The crux of your argument
Your introduction should contain the thesis statement of your entire essay. The thesis statement can be defined as a declaration of what you are proposing. Try to do this in no more than one sentence and make sure it fits in perfectly with the topic title of your essay.
For narrative essays, this may work a little bit differently, but the idea is the same. Find a main subject (or character), and introduce that subject as the reader finds it/him/her.
Supporting your thesis statement
Still within the introduction, you should give some supporting elements to the statement you just made. Building approximately three supports around your statement will effectively build your introduction to the point it needs to be.
In a narrative essay, your supporting points could be something like supporting characters, characteristics of the main character, or a setting your character finds him- or herself.