5 paragraph essay as the name indicates is an essay that would consist of 5 paragraphs. The first paragraph is the introductory paragraph which informs the essay readers what is the topic of the essay all about. It usually has 3 main points which should be introduced in the introductory paragraph.
The next 3 paragraph are collectively called the body of the essay which covers all 3 points mentioned in the introductory paragraph. The last paragraph is the concluding paragraph that will conclude and summarize whole of the essay.
A 5 paragraph is similar to a cake. A cake can have a variety of icings those are obviously different topics that can be covered in a 5 paragraph essay. The introduction and conclusion paragraph are given utmost importance when writing a 5 paragraph essay because they not only build foundations of the topic but are also like attractive icing on the cake. The introductory paragraph is the icing while concluding paragraph is like cherry on the top. The base of cake obviously is the 3 body paragraphs. The sole purpose of the 5 paragraph is to hook, capture and be with the reader till the conclusion so that the reader attracts, delights, entices and enjoys the cake till the last bit.