Friday, March 26, 2010

This is what I've done for the past few weeks

School has been hell of a lot busy. Lots of tests (due to it being end of term).
My marks were pretty good (and very surprising).
Going to work (retail assisstant or whatever the people are called who work on the registers). The money is good. Otherwise, work is pretty dull.
I'm now officially a Yellow belt at Freestyle Martial Arts.
I went to a Cobra Starship concert. Very awesome.
...and received my first ever C on a school report...for TOK (though the teacher did tell me that he wished that I'd handed in my journal earlier- because I hadn't- since my TOK journal was pretty good).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Essay Structure: TEEL

This is a pretty simple essay structure to use for most subjects. I've been taught and using it for about three years now, and it's pretty foolproof and simple. The following structure, however, is for the main body of the essay, not the introductory or concluding paragraph of your essay.


Usually the introductory/topic sentence of the paragraph explaining to the reader what the paragraph will discuss. Avoid making it too lengthy and detailed.

Discuss your ideas/reasons/argument regarding the topic sentence (whatever you had mentioned in your 'title').

Give support and proof for your ideas/reasons/argument. If this is an essay for a novel study, give quotes and refer to the novel. If it is for a history essay, again, you can use references to back up your explanation. If it's an argumentative essay, give statistics (if applicable).

A sentence or two which refers back to your essay topic or title.

A good paragraph following TEEL will have an explanation and evidence throughout the paragraph. By this I mean a paragraph will not strictly have the explanation and then the evidence in order. You can have an explanation and evidence and then another explanation or the evidence first and then an explanation. However, a good essay will include the TEEL points.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Commentary ahoy!

Finally, after about five weeks since starting school, my English class is required to do a commentary. Le gasp. I've annoted the excerpt from which we're required to write a commentary about. The only thing left for me now is to stop this procrastination and write a two hours worth commentary. Yes, that's right, not a word limit, but a time limit.