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.


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