What your argument equates to is turning every writing assignment into free writes, journals, rants and blogs. These are appropriate exercises to build off of, but that's all they are. Your refutation also assumes the five paragraph essay stops at five paragraphs, when it is really just the starting point for everything else. And I am confused when you argue "The five paragraph essay limits students into about 1 1/2 pages"; most are really about 3-4 pages of three transparent, well developed body paragraphs that define, present evidence, and explain with examples. All the emphasis on common core, Aristotle, and argument seem like red herrings in this argument about the five paragraph importance. If you are a high school teacher who wants to truly prepare your student for college or work, then you SHOULD be teaching students to use the five paragraph as a starting point of construction. You'll be doing them a big favor.
The introduction to an essay is very important. It is the FIRST paragraph that the marker reads and should ‘grab’ the reader. Introduction paragraphs are usually about 5% of your essay word count. In clearly-written sentences, the writer gives some background on the main topic; explains the academic problem and tells the reader what to expect in the rest of the essay. You can follow a basic pattern (recipe) for writing introduction paragraphs to help you get started. As essay topics and lecturer requirements vary, you will find that ‘the recipe’ will need to be adjusted to suit the style of essay you will be asked to write.
So, below is an example essay using the plan above as a basis.
Being able to write a strong academic essay is a critical skill for college and university students. It is also a skill that will continue to serve you if you plan to go into an academic career, or any field that involves persuasive or analytical writing. In order to write a successful essay, start by following any assigned instructions carefully. Before you start writing, research your topic thoroughly, using good, reputable sources. Organize your essay clearly, and edit it to make sure there are no problems with organization, grammar, spelling, or punctuation.