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Paragraph structure

 

Using the TEEL structure

Well structured paragraphs are important because if the information is well organised it is easier to read.

The TEEL strategy is very helpful for knowing what should be included in a paragraph.

  • Topic sentence (contains the main idea is usually first in the paragraph)
  • Explain
  • Evidence and example (use references)
  • Link (refer back or sum up main idea) - optional

Sample paragraph

One factor within the team that seems to be more important than the leader is the notion of team cohesiveness.Team cohesiveness enables a diverse group of individuals to work towards a common goal. Although there must be some minimum amount of cohesiveness if the team is going to continue to function as a team, Allen (2009, p.48) states that highly cohesive teams 'are more motivated and effective in attaining goals when they have set these for themselves', and thus, achieve higher levels of member satisfaction. Further, Taylor (2010) found that team dynamics, particularly in teams with high team morale, were more important in terms of team effectiveness and productivity than the team leader. In this way the productivity of any group of employees is influenced by their ability to effectively work together so that their specialised skills and capabilities are maximised.

Topic sentence
Explain
Evidence
Example
Link or sum up
[Topic sentence: One factor within the team that seems to be more important than the leader is the notion of team cohesiveness.] [explain: Team cohesiveness enables a diverse group of individuals to work towards a common goal.] [Evidence: Although there must be some minimum amount of cohesiveness if the team is going to continue to function as a team, Allen (2009, p.48) states that highly cohesive teams 'are more motivated and effective in attaining goals when they have set these for themselves, and thus, achieve higher levels of member satisfaction.] [Example: Further, Taylor (2010) found that team dynamics, particularly in teams with high team morale, were more important in terms of team effectiveness and productivity than the team leader.] [Link: In this way the productivity of any group of employees is influenced by their ability to effectively work together so that their specialised skills and capabilities are maximised.]