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SIEL Method

The “SIEL” Method 

STATE your argument.

 

ILLUSTRATE your argument with a quotation or paraphrase from the text/selection.

 

EXPLAIN how the quotation or paraphrase illustrates the argument.

 

LINK the present argument to the next argument by making a smooth transition.

  

[STATE:]  Clearly, this work reveals ____________________________.

[ILLUSTRATE:] For instance, his/her (author) emphasis on ________________ appears when he/she describes _______________________________________.

[EXPLAIN:]  This reflects _________________________________.

[LINK:] However, a second/third/fourth major theme of ______________________ is  ________________.

   *Used with permission from Dr. Robert Evans, Distinguished Teacher and Research Professor, Auburn Montgomery
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