TEEL - Made Easy



What is TEEL?


That boring essay structure your teachers and tutors keep telling you to use, but you can’t, because you still don’t get it?


We’re gonna give you a simple break down today, and an easy and simple example that’ll help you understand what TEEL is.


TEEL is the template for essay paragraphs.


It is an outline that helps you explain yourself clearly and neatly, so that your ideas aren’t all over the place.


It may sound boring to deal with at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll become your best friend in English.

Let’s imagine we’re writing about Romeo and Juliet, and the essay prompt is:


'The blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet ultimately rests with Friar Lawrence.' Do you agree?



Topic Sentence

  • This is the very first sentence in a paragraph.

  • It explains what your argument is going to be about.

  • Try and keep it clear and simple, so whoever’s reading it will get your point straight away.

  • Without a topic sentence, no one will know what you’re talking about.


Eg. Friar Lawrence’s poor communication is the main reason why Romeo and Juliet committed suicide.


Straight away by reading that sentence, the reader will understand what point you’re trying to make.



Explanation

  • An explanation details and backs up your topic sentence.

  • It is your job to elaborate on your point by explaining to the reader why you believe your argument is valid.

  • Aim for an explanation of at least three to four sentences.


Eg. Friar Lawrence’s intention is sending Romeo a letter about Juliet’s plan to fake her death is foiled, when the letter does not reach him. This miscommunication occurs because of a plague that hit the surrounding cities of Verona, causing letters to be brought to a standstill. With the mindset of a person in denial, Friar Lawrence refuses to feel guilt for the responsibility he held over Romeo and Juliet’s subsequent deaths.


By including a complete and thorough explanation, you’ll look and sound like you know exactly what you’re talking about.



Evidence

  • None of the points you make are valid unless you provide evidence.

  • Evidence in essays come in the form of quotes.

  • Without quotes, it’ll seem like you’re jumping to conclusions and your arguments are baseless and invalid.


Eg. Friar Lawrence sent the letter knowing of this circumstance, and yet did not accept responsibility, blaming ‘Unhappy fortune’ and ‘lamentable chance’ instead.


For more tips and tricks on how to include quotes smoothly, check out our blog post ‘3 Tips on How to Incorporate and Blend Quotes in Your Essays ‘.




Linking Sentence

  • This sentence is the last sentence of your paragraph.

  • It is a transition from one paragraph to another.

  • This means that it helps the argument glide into the next one.


Eg. Similarly, his actions in marrying the couple make him just as guilty as his lack of communication.


Overall, it should be as smooth as possible so that it introduces the next idea to the reader seamlessly.



End Result


Once you’ve planned out your paragraph using TEEL, it should look something like this:


Blue: Topic Sentence

Yellow: Explanation

Black: Evidence (Quotes)

Green: Linking Sentence


Friar Lawrence’s poor communication is the main reason why Romeo and Juliet committed suicide. Friar Lawrence’s intention is sending Romeo a letter about Juliet’s plan to fake her death is foiled, when the letter does not reach him. This miscommunication occurs because of a plague that hit the surrounding cities of Verona, causing letters to be brought to a standstill. Friar Lawrence sent the letter knowing of this circumstance, and yet did not accept responsibility, blaming ‘Unhappy fortune’ and ‘lamentable chance’ instead. With the mindset of a person in denial, Friar Lawrence refuses to feel guilt for the responsibility he held over Romeo and Juliet’s subsequent deaths. Similarly, his actions in marrying the couple make him just as guilty as his lack of communication.

Now that we’ve constructed a TEEL paragraph together step-by-step, it is now up to you guys to give it a crack on your own.


This is the most important structure for essay paragraphs you will ever need, and will serve you well in the lead up to VCE.


Once you get the hang of it, you can rest assured knowing that your essays will blow your teachers out of the park!


For more tips and tricks, check out our other blogs on our website! For more personalised advice, try out one of our classes! More information can be found on our website.


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