TEEL Plan – The Heroic Life of Al Capsella

Name ___________________________
In approximately 400 words, write an essay using the TEEL process and following the correct essay
structure (introduction, body and conclusion). Use this plan as your first draft. Keep and label all
planning and draft work and submit with your final copy.
Choose one of the essay options from the assignment sheet.
Break the question down to be certain that you answer all elements of the question
INTRODUCTION (Paragraph 1)
Contention – (Rewrite the question in your own words in the form of a statement)
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Ideas
What are at least 3 ideas that you will use to support your contention? (These will form the basis for
your topic sentences in the body of the essay.)
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BODY
Paragraph 2
Topic Sentence (Directly supports your contention and summarises the argument of the
paragraph)
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Explain (Provide a detailed explanation of your idea – expand on your topic sentence)
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Evidence (Gives specific examples/quotes that support the topic sentence and explains why the
quote supports the contention)
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Link (Ties the paragraph back to the contention – and link to the next paragraph)
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Paragraph 3

Topic Sentence (Directly supports your contention and summarises the argument of the
paragraph)
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Explain (Provide a detailed explanation of your idea – expand on your topic sentence)
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Evidence (Gives specific examples/quotes that support the topic sentence and explains why the
quote supports the contention)
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Link (Ties the paragraph back to the contention – and link to the next paragraph)
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Paragraph 4
Topic Sentence (Directly supports your contention and summarises the argument of the
paragraph)
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Explain (Provide a detailed explanation of your idea – expand on your topic sentence)
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Evidence (Gives specific examples/quotes that support the topic sentence and explains why the
quote supports the contention)
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Link (Ties the paragraph back to the contention – and link to the next paragraph)
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CONCLUSION (Paragraph 5)
(Reiterates main points, similar to introduction, does not include any new information)
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