Soon you'll have tee paragraphs down to a tee. Just watch this video and then you'll see.
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|Elementary and Middle School||3rd Grade|
We meant T.
Seriously? T. E. E.
As in, a TEE PARAGRAPH. [A TEE paragraph on a piece of paper]
Aha! Bingo. That TEE.
A TEE paragraph is sort of like a formula. But instead of using numbers to solve some
sort of complex equation, this formula can teach you how to write an effective paragraph [Coop teaching TEE paragraphs]
in an essay!
It's almost as exciting as Potions class in Harry Potter! Except not at all! [Wizards put potion in a cauldron]
Whoo! Is our fake enthusiasm convincing you this might be fun! Whoo!
Anyway. The letters in TEE each stand for a word, which will help us easily remember
what to write about.
The first letter, T, stands for “Topic Sentence.” Each and every TEE paragraph starts with a
topic sentence. Your topic sentence should contain the main idea of your paragraph. It's [Coop discussing topic sentence]
pretty important, because it explains your point of view.
If your paragraph was about, say.... how awesome ice cream trucks are, your topic sentence [People cue at an ice cream truck]
might look something like this:
“Ice cream trucks are the numero uno best thing about summer!"
Which…is a little casual, but hey! This is a summery topic sentence. No shoes, no [Man playing guitar on beach and boy appears with a surfboard]
shirt, no problem. The second letter in the word TEE is E, and
this E stands for “Examples.” Once you've finished your topic sentence, you then have
to provide reasons that support the main idea in your topic sentence.
In our case, we might have a few examples like... [Ice cream truck drives by]
“The tinny jingles that play as the truck circles the block make everyone happy!"
“There's no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with some delicious soft [Father and son eating ice cream]
serve ice cream.”
“And really, is there anything better in the world than a super duper fudgy Fudgesicle? [Boy holding a fudgesicle]
Nope.” Once you've provided a few examples, all that's
left to do is move on to the final letter in TEE!
Which is…drum roll please…another E!!!! [Letter E appears out of a hat]
…Man, how boring. Couldn't they have splurged for an X, or a Q…? Guess Es were on sale,
Anyway, this E refers to Explanation. This is where you tie everything up with a concluding [Coop teaching explanation of TEE paragraphs]
sentence or two, while also explaining why your topic sentence makes sense.
It's also a great time to re-state your original topic sentence, but in a different way.
In our case, we might say something like...
“All in all, summer wouldn't be the same without all the pleasures that the ice cream
truck brings.” And just like that we've written a complete [Example of a TEE paragraph]
Now it's up to you to give it a go. Just remember: Topic Sentence, Examples, Explanation. TEE!
No, not tee-ball! Ugh! [Boy walks to a tee-ball]
This whole video is a hot mess…
We're gonna cool down with some ice cream. [Boy buying an ice cream]