PEEL: Essay Writing Made Easy!
1. Your essay’s introduction needs to show that: you understand the topic you have an opinion about how the topic relates to the text (novel, film etc) Do you agree or disagree? State your contention. you can back up you opinion with evidence (mention the main areas/ideas but don’t give details here)
2. The body paragraphs in your essay need to be structured in the following way to ensure your discussion of the essay topic is thorough and effective. Each of the body paragraphs, need to include a:
P = Point. Your topic sentence must contain a major point in your argument/discussion; this tells the reader what the paragraph is going to be about.
E = Explanation. This is where you show your understanding by explaining in more detail what your main point is about and how it relates to the essay topic.
E = Evidence/Example. The point you make needs to be supported by evidence from the text. You can show your understanding by discussing relevant parts of the text. Direct quotes are best here. ‘Evidence’ should be the bulk of your paragraph.
L = In the last sentence try to sum up the paragraph linking it to the topic and then providing a LINK to the next main point (linking sentence).
3. In the conclusion to your essay you need to: summarise your main points (without introducing new evidence) restate your opinion on the topic (contention) reach a conclusion with a final comment or pertinent quote
Note: Try not to refer to yourself or the essay itself unless absolutely necessary. An essay is a formal text, so and try and imagine your are writing as a learned authority on the topic. After all you are an expert on the text and have a valid opinion!
My Essay Plan
Always write topic in full at the top of your page, before you begin your essay
Introduction (restate and respond to the topic with your contention, briefly introduce the text/author and the key points of your argument/discussion)
Paragraph 1 (Point > Explanation > Evidence/Example)
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Link to the topic and then to the next paragraph…