At HSPS, we use TE/EA as a template for academic paragraphs that can be used across all disciplines. The best part about TE/EA? It can be your outline for any kind of academic paragraph!

T is for TOPIC SENTENCE - this is where the central idea of the paragraph is introduced.

E is for EVIDENCE - a statistic, quote, or fact that is offered in support of the T.

E is for EXPLANATION - contextualizing & explaining HOW evidence ties back to the T.

** Evidence & Explanation ALWAYS hang together, and a well developed paragraph has at least  2 E/E’s. **

A is for ANALYSIS - this is the “So what?”, the opportunity to connect to the bigger picture

and say why the idea in this paragraph matters.

        As we read Haroun and the Sea of Stories, each week you have been assigned a TE/EA paragraph writing task. These paragraphs together make up the rough draft of your 2nd Mastery Work, a portfolio of analytical paragraphs addressing different aspects of the novel.

Week 1: Choose one of the following three questions to answer in a well-developed TE/EA paragraph.

Week 2: Write one well-developed TE/EA structure paragraph that compares and contrasts Chup and

  Gup, based on what you know of these two societies so far. You may consider the living

  situations,  geography, habits, and/or worldviews of the Guppees and the Chupwalas.

Week 3: Write one well-developed TE/EA structure paragraph that shows how Rushdie uses ONE allusion to help develop an important idea in the novel. Use your notes to identify an important allusion and explain how that allusion adds depth and meaning to the story.

Week 4: Write one well-developed TE/EA structure paragraph that explains one of the themes that you

          found/discussed in Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

FOR THE FINAL DRAFT:

  1. Using the feedback provided, revise, edit, and type EACH of the four paragraphs, creating a polished portfolio of paragraphs analyzing various aspects of the novel. Each paragraph must be on its own page.
  2. Finally, complete the cover sheet reflecting on TE/EA structure and the novel as a whole.

Completed Paragraph Portfolio ( 4 ¶s + cover sheet, typed & double-spaced)  DUE Monday, December 3

As you prepare to submit your portfolio, check off the elements below to be sure you have completed all necessary components.

1st

Reading Response

2nd

Compare/ Contrast

3rd

Allusion

4th

Theme

Cover Sheet

  • Draft
  • Final
  • Draft
  • Final
  • Draft
  • Final
  • Draft
  • Final
  • All tasks fully completed.
  • Explanations are reviewed & edited.

RUBRIC for HATSOS Paragraph Portfolio Mastery                        NAME _____________________

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Paragraph  exemplifies TE/EA structure.

  • T-sentence is clear and original.
  • Multiple pieces of well chosen evidence support the T-sentence.
  • Each quote is fully contextualized
  • AND fully explains - with  attention to detail - how the quote supports the T-sentence.
  • Analysis flows naturally  from E/E’s and shows critical thought in extending ideas.

Paragraph follows TE/EA structure.

  • T-sentence is clear but simple, may be cliched.
  • 2 pieces of text evidence connect to the T-sentence.
  • Little context or minor citation errors
  • Explanation shows how the quote supports the T-sentence
  • Analysis answers the “so what?” in reference to the T-sentence.

Paragraph attempts to follow TE/EA structure.

  • T is unclear or off-topic.
  • Insufficient text evidence may not connect to the T-sentence.
  • Missing citations.
  • Quotes have no context.
  • Evidence is paraphrased, not explained.
  • Analysis just repeats the T-sentence, oris not connected to the evidence.

  • Writer’s thoughts are unclear.

Paragraph is missing key elements or not discernible as TE/EA structure.

  • Missing T-sentence.
  • Missing text evidence.
  • There is no explanation of evidence.
  • Analysis is missing.

2nd

Paragraph  exemplifies TE/EA structure.

Paragraph follows TE/EA structure.

Paragraph attempts to follow TE/EA structure.

Paragraph is missing key elements or not discernible as TE/EA structure.

3rd

Paragraph  exemplifies TE/EA structure.

Paragraph follows TE/EA structure.

Paragraph attempts to follow TE/EA structure

Paragraph is missing key elements or not discernible as TE/EA structure.

4th

Paragraph  exemplifies TE/EA structure.

Paragraph follows TE/EA structure.

Paragraph attempts to follow TE/EA structure

Paragraph is missing key elements or not discernible as TE/EA structure.

Cover Sheet

  • Complete and accurate,
  •  with thoughtful, detailed explanations.
  • Complete and accurate,
  •  explanations may lack detail or be superficial.
  • Incomplete or with some errors.
  • Explanations may show lack of effort or understanding.
  • Cover sheet is missing or
  •  almost totally incomplete.

Conventions

  • Effectively no errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation.
  • Stylistically sophisticated.
  • Infrequent, minor errors do not distract from writing.
  • Grade-level diction and syntax.
  • Overall meaning is clear, but there is a pattern of minor or major errors that needs to be addressed.
  • Lack of accurate spelling or grammar makes the writing unclear.  
  • Stylistically immature.

PLAGIARISM RESULTS IN AUTOMATIC FAILURE.                 RUBRIC SCORE ____________         GRADE ___________