Extended Response

Clear and detailed communication.

Why write an extended response?

When writing an extended response you are trying to demonstrate two things at once:
  1. The depth of your knowledge on a particular subject
  2. Your ability to write in a clear, structured way to show you understand something.

Don't be afraid of details...

When planning your extended response keep these important ideas at the front of your mind!
  • The more details and explanations you include, the more knowledgeable you will look
  • Assume that the person reading it knows nothing about the topic. If you don't explain it to them clearly then they will NEVER know anything about the topic.
  • Because you are explaining the topic to your reader it is YOUR JOB to choose only the MOST RELEVANT information to include, and tell them in an order that will make sense.
  • Your are writing PROSE which means sentences and paragraphs.



* State the main idea or ideas you will address in your writing.
* Give an overview (list briefly, but in sentence form) the main things you will discuss in explaining your idea.
* Let the reader know of any of the important things you will refer to in your answer (eg other texts, case studies, or examples.)

Main Body

Here is where you provide the information that is required to answer the question.
As a guide:
  • ONE main idea per paragraph.
  • Explain the meaning of your idea and how it connects to the question in a TOPIC SENTENCE (the first sentence of the paragraph)
  • then provide the further information (examples/explanation) needed to prove your point.
  • Arrange paragraphs in an order that means they make sense. Use topic sentences to LINK paragraphs together if needed.

When writing paragraphs for the body of your response remember that NOTHING IS OBVIOUS TO YOUR READER. It is YOUR JOB to explain what you mean to them.


This is your last chance to leave an idea in the minds of your reader. A conclusion should

*Summarise the key points that you have communicated in your writing
*Emphasise the overall idea of your response.

A conclusion should NOT introduce any new information.