how to: constructed responses, extended responses, and essays
ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE ANSWERING EXTENDED RESPONSES, CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES AND ESSAYS? IF SO, THIS PAGE WILL HELP WITH YOUR STRUGGLES BY GIVING YOU HELPFUL TIPS AND STRATEGIES.
EXTENDED RESPONSES AND ESSAYS
Extended-response or essay questions take care and thought, but they are nothing to fear. In fact, the more you show what you know about a topic, the more credit you are likely to receive on a test.
How To Do It
Good extended-response answers have three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
The first paragraph introduces your main idea or position. It begins with a topic sentence. The topic sentence states plainly the point you intend to make in your answer. Often it simply restates the question.
The second paragraph provides information, examples, and details to support your main idea or position. This is where you show in detail what you know or think about the topic. If the answer calls for a great deal of information, you may need more than one paragraph.
The final paragraph sums up your main idea or position. It restates your topic sentence, this time with more feeling.