Some of you may be hearing about this term for the first time, whereas some who have had some experience with essay writing might know what TEEL structure is. Nevertheless, this article is catered to both the populations.
This article will help you understand in-depth as to what TEEL structure is and how you can use it to effectively increase the quality of your essay or any other type of academic writing.
TEEL is an acronym which stands for Topic Sentence, Explanation, Evidence and Link. It is a writing technique which is used while writing a paragraph in an essay. TEEL gives a structure to the paragraph which can help in forming the essay and thus improving its quality.
T- Topic Sentence
Each letter in the term TEEL signifies the nature of the sentences which should be present in a paragraph. The flow of thought in a paragraph should be as though it first introduces the topic in which the paragraph is written, then follows the explanation as to what it is, why you have chosen it, what is its importance, then you are to provide evidence to the arguments which have put up explaining all the important terms. Lastly, the final statements of the paragraph should perform as a link to all the previous sentences and information in the statement and give a definite outcome.
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TEEL Structure is not a set of rules which you have to follow while writing an essay, instead it a technique which should be used along with the existing rules to give the essay value and provide a better paragraph structure. The common rules which should be followed along with the TEEL structure while writing a paragraph are:
Therefore it is advised to get into the TEEL structure after doing all the preliminary research or after making the first draft. TEEL structure should follow up with a strict proofreading regime for checking relevancy and format.
Let us have an in-depth look at what each term in the TEEL acronym involves.
The first sentence of the paragraph tells the readers what the coming paragraph will be all about. Therefore it is necessary to write a topic sentence which carefully gives the reader a peek and sufficient information about the topic. It should be intriguing enough to maintain the readers’ interest; therefore an argument best follows a topic sentence. By the time the reader finishes reading the topic sentence and moves forward to the following part of the paragraph, they should have some questions in their mind which would be answered in the rest of the paragraph.
The next sentences will give the reader a detailed overview of the topic sentence and what you have discussed previously. In this section of a paragraph, the reader should get a complete understanding of the topic. It is in this section that you should put forth your claims and arguments. Since you can only explain so much in a few sentences of a paragraph, your sentences must be short and to the point. So that the reader doesn’t get confused and the paragraph has the most effect.
No argument can stand if it is not sustained with compelling evidence to support its claim. Therefore this is the part of the paragraph wherein you will provide sufficient evidence which relates to the arguments and statements put forth by you in the previous sentences. This evidence may be in the form of a quote, factual data, or reference from a quality source. The evidence provided by you can make a big difference in the effect of the paragraph on the reader. It can help the reader have the most retention of the information, thus solidifying the influence of the paragraph.
This is the most important part of the paragraph as it brings together the whole paragraphs and links it back to the overall topic of the whole essay. This section gives a concise summary of the topic sentence, explanation and the evidence provided by you in a short yet subtle manner. This section holds such importance because, apart from giving the conclusion of the paragraph, it also establishes the importance of the topic discussed in the subject matter of the whole essay.
Here is an example which will better explain the use of TEEL:
For social structure, conformity isn’t decent as it hinders uniqueness. People are required to comply with a large number of regulations. In every moment of their livelihood, people are regulated. Conformity standards of society, backed by monitoring and penalties, indicate that just by thinking and acting differently, people are guilty of demonstrating individuality. One of the rules, for instance, was that kids should get their bicycles after 10 years of age and until then they are not allowed to ride them. As a consequence, because of these conformity criteria, society is constantly being monitored to ensure that people abide by the rules. In another instance, Ross refuses to abide by the rules and brings home an orange, due to which Ross is vexed by a justification that, elements ought not to be taken away from its place of birth and that fruits should be consumed, not hoarded. Ross finds the declaration demeaning. Therefore, people must abide by traditions else they should be liable for punishments. This does not enable people to grow toward being unique personalities.
Legend: Topic sentence; Explanation; Evidence; Link
“Katy stays impartial to the war ‘between the boys’ at school, which ultimately reflects an inability of her bravery and compassion. Despite being courteous to Joey, by introducing him to her friends in class, Katy has not once shown any behaviour of friendship and kindness to Joey. Katy does greet Joey by waving at him in the halls, but she never indulges in a conversation with him or sits next to him. It is seen as on the first class of the previous day, Katy nodded at Joey and proceeded to take a seat at the front. And earlier when Katy was asking about the war between the boys, Ross and Chandler, she seemed worried and was checking to see if anyone was here. Joey felt that she was trying to avoid him. Katy could have helped Joey if she intended to. If she had expressed some form of bravery and compassions towards Joey, he would have felt a lot comfortable. This shows that, despite doing the formality of waving and nodding, Katy had no intention of being associated with Joey. This also shows that she lacked compassion towards him.
Legend: Topic Sentence; Explanation; Evidence; Link
Here are some common tips which will help you in writing your best TEEL paragraph:
As told before, TEEL structure is not a set of guidelines, instead, it is a writing technique which gives structure to the paragraph. Therefore, is important that you jot down all the required information about the topic beforehand. Identify the main deliverables of the paragraph, such as:
Since TEEL structure is mostly used in formal and academic essay writing, it is important to use a formal language while writing and framing the sentences in your essay. A formal language emphasizes the content of the essay; it makes the writing more credible and has a better effect on the reader. Keep in mind the following points while writing an essay informal language:
Third Person Perspective:
As the essay follows a formal language, you must always phrase your paragraph in the third person. As using first and second person perspective makes the writing more casual, hence reducing its credibility and impact. Using the third person brings the emphasis of the reader to the context and factual data present instead of seeing as a personal opinion. Use correct pronouns while referring to someone.
Always check the formatting and the punctuations in your essay before submitting. It is important to see if the format of the essay follows the assigned guidelines set by the tutor or examiner. The references should be properly cited, to avoid issues with plagiarism. Use proper quotation marks.
After writing the final draft, proofread the essay to make sure that follows the guidelines and that the content has the utmost relevance. While proofreading you should give specific attention to each paragraph in the essay and check its flow of thought and whether it is in correlation to the TEEL structure. Check for typos and grammatical errors.
Using TEEL structured paragraphs in an essay can bring a mediocre essay to award-winning standards. Here are the benefits of using TEEL structure for writing paragraphs:
Things to remember and FAQs
A. Yes, you may include as much TEEL paragraphs in your essay as you want, but keep in mind that each paragraph should talk about different topics and a single paragraph cannot have more than one topic.
A. The topic sentence and the introduction may seem similar but the way these two are formed is quite different. Topic sentence sets the tone for the particular paragraph in one or two sentences, whereas the introduction gives more detail in the introduction the subject to the reader.
A. No, TEEL structure is a technique which can be utilised to write a paragraph in any type of article. It can even be used in a poem, provided is follows the additional parameters.
Hope this article helped you in identifying the important aspect of essay writing that is TEEL structure and cleared some of the doubts that arose through the process.