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Writing paragraphs with PEEL

A paragraph contains one key point related to the essay question and provides evidence to support that point.  We use the PEEL structure for paragraphs in the Business School.

  • P = Point (introduce and make the point – topic sentence)
  • E = Explanation (explains the main point – can be more than one sentence)
  • E = Example or evidence (evidence could be an example, quote, statistics or a paraphrase from a recognised source)
  • L = Link to the question (a kind of conclusion to the paragraph that links to the next paragraph)

Note: You can have more than one explanation and more than one example or evidence in a paragraph.


Use the following framework to structure your paragraph to ensure clarity for your reader


Begin your paragraph by stating your point


Give evidence to substantiate your point


Explaining in more detail about how and why your evidence supports your point


Provide a smooth link to your next paragraph and/or point. Also, ensure that your paragraph always links back to your topic

Further Resources

RMIT University has developed a learning tutorial on the skill of writing a paragraph.