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How to Structure a TEEL Paragraph

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Transcript of How to Structure a TEEL Paragraph

What is TEEL?
TEEL is a way to structure an essay paragraph. It consists of 4 main components and is as easy as 1,2,3.
Further

Understanding

of

TEEL
Topic Sentence: The main argument/point of the paragraph. It should not be longer than one sentence

Evidence: Supporting quotation of your topic sentence. It should be short, snappy and to the point.

Explanation: Zoom in on your quote! Explain the use of grammar, vocabulary and imagery. Explain how the writer's craft effects the audience and quote.

Link: Link back to your topic sentence. To challenge yourself, link to the next paragraph as well.
HOW TO STRUCTURE TEEL
TEEL Structure:
T: Topic Sentence
E: Evidence
E: Explanation
L: Link Sentence
STILL CONFUSED?
LETS LOOK FURTHER !
Think of TEEL as a burger. The topic sentence and linking sentence are the buns, the base of the burger. The evidence and explanation the filling, the essence of the burger.
Side note: before giving evidence, you can briefly explain the topic sentence.
Example

TEEL:
Symbolism

in

Shakespeare
Here's an example of a T.E.E.L. paragraph that is structured properly.
Shakespeare uses the fairy world to explore the theme of love, by symbolizing love as the fairies. The fairies cause the heart ache and pain of the lovers, however they later resolve it and all is well. Puck shows how love is always restored when he says, "the man shall have his mare, and all shall be well." Shakespeare uses a mare as a symbol. He is comparing the love of Hermia and Lysander, to that of a horse. They are always together and will always love each other. He is uses this symbol to express that love will always end in a happy ending. The fairies of A Midsummer Night's Dream represents the joys and hardships of love.
Here's that paragraph broken down!
Shakespeare uses the fairy world to explore the theme of love, by symbolizing love as the fairies.

The fairies cause the heart ache and pain of the lovers, however they later resolve it and all is well.

Puck shows how love is always restored when he says, "the man shall have his mare, and all shall be well."

Shakespeare uses a mare as a symbol. He is comparing the love of Hermia and Lysander, to that of a horse. They are always together and will always love each other. He is uses this symbol to express that love will always end in a happy ending.

The fairies of A Midsummer Night's Dream represents the joys and hardships of love.
Maroon=

Topic Sentence

Orange=

Explanation of Topic Sentence
Green=

Evidence
Purple=
Explanation of Quote
Blue=

Link
So now you know how to structure a TEEL paragraph!
Yr 9 Enrichment English
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