Understand the Topic
You have just been assigned by the instructor to publish a paper on a subject. Relax, this is not going to be as bad as it seems. You just have to get started. Here are a few suggestions to make the process as painless that you can. Remember, when you yourself have any relevant questions ASK.
What’s the Instructor asking for
Is the assignment a formal research paper where you have to do research and cite other sources of information, or perhaps is the assignment asking you for the response to a specific topic where whatever you will have to do is collect your thoughts and organize them coherently. You know what style manual your instructor prefers (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc) if you do need to research your topic, make sure.
Be sure you keep track of any restrictions that your instructor places for you.