we're supposed to write a five paragraph essay and i'm not sure what it is
A five paragraph essay will typically have the following:
Introduction paragraph (¶1): state your thesis (your main point) and briefly outline each of your supporting points.
Supporting paragraphs (¶2-4): each will have a topic sentence that states the main theme of the paragraph, followed by evidence supporting that idea. Of the three supporting paragraphs, each should have its own distinct idea and evidence which supports your overall thesis.
Conclusion paragraph (¶5): restate/summarize the evidence that you have presented, leading up to a final statement of your thesis.