The traditional five-paragraph essay includes an introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph. The introductory paragraph states the thesis of the essay, the three body paragraphs discuss the three main points with supporting information, and the conclusion paragraph restates the thesis and summarizes the three main points.
In the five-paragraph essay, each paragraph should have at least five sentences. The introductory paragraph, in addition to the thesis, should include a hook to engage readers and a smooth transition into the body of the essay. Each of the three body paragraphs should include a separate main point that relates to and supports the thesis. The writer should make the strongest point in the first body paragraph and the weakest point in the last body paragraph. The conclusion should summarize succinctly and also employ a final statement to let the reader know the essay has come to a close.