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.

Title
Explanation
Evidence
Link

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

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

Evidence
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).

Link
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.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!

Ŕoxetté said...

Thanks so much! I had to write an essay on Sonya Heartnett's Silver Donkey and I was a little confused...
hehe thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thank-You this helped a lot :)
~Jasmine

Anonymous said...

Thanks

Had to do an essay on spirited away this really helped me understand TEEL

Anonymous said...

k thank
F.U

Anonymous said...

thanks i had no idea on what TEEL was and have to do it for my essay for english im doing on holes. if i hadn't found this i probably would've failed, thanks

Anonymous said...

really good, thanks 4 the help!!!
-Jake

Anonymous said...

Thanx really needed a guide and wrote a few notes down thanxx again. :)

Anonymous said...

thanx that really helped

Anonymous said...

it's very helpful, thnx! ><

~Yuri

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

thanks for the help!
I just can never remember what the letters of TEEL are

Anonymous said...

wow thanks i was so stuck and i couldnt find out what TEEL ment and i have and english essay due soon. my teacher was hasseling me and u helped me lots, ill defs recommend this sight and use it again and it seems so reliable. once again thanks

-chanti *.*

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Anonymous said...

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MrMe123 said...

Thanks super helpfull great for essays and even persuasive texts!

Anonymous said...

FAIL

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help man! Greatly appreciated! :)

Anonymous said...

No it means
T Topic scentence

E example (general+Specific)

E explanation

L Link (Redefining all of the paragraph + conclusion)

MJ said...

Thats wrong its:
T opic Sentence
E xample
E vidence
L ink

Anonymous said...

Yes very helpful! I'm in senior highschool and our teachers still encourage us to use this in exams! Sometimes there is an extra E for something, but I forgot.
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