Checklist for writing extended responses
Parents and carers can help their child with writing written responses by getting them to refer to this handy checklist when they are writing.
- Read the question carefully, and underline or circle any keywords that indicate how you should answer it.
- Brainstorm ideas, words, and relevant parts of the text.
- Decide on the key argument or idea for your extended response.
- Use relevant resources, if this is an assignment you are completing at home.
- Write notes in your own words.
- Organise your notes into a plan.
- Make sure each of the points you are making are relevant to the question.
- Write your introduction. It should engage your reader, and start your discussion.
- Write the main body of your extended response, making sure each point gets a new paragraph and has evidence supporting it.
- Write the conclusion to the extended response. Summarise your main ideas and demonstrate how you have proved your point.
- Correctly reference quotes and other sources.
- Edit your draft, checking for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Make sure the final copy is clean, including footnotes and bibliography if being completed at home.