Writing an Extended Response for the GED®
As of January 2014, you are responsible for answering an Extended Response Essay in the GED® Exam.
You must write an Extended Response for the
- R.L.A Exam
**You will have 45 minutes to respond.
**Your response should be four to five paragraphs in length.
- Social Studies Exam
**Social Studies, you will have 25 minutes to respond.
**Your response will be closer to three or four paragraphs in length.
GED® Scoring Criterion:
You will be scored on THREE criterion.
For each criterion you may earn 0, 1, or 2 points based on how well you accomplished each task. These points will then be totaled to give your score. Below are the three scoring criterion.
1. Creation of Arguments and the Use of Evidence
Did you make a claim and then use evidence in the passages to support your point?
2. Development of Ideas and Organizational Structure
Are your ideas and claims presented in a logical way? Is there a natural flow of ideas to your response?
3. Clarity and Understanding of English Conventions
Do you use proper grammar or do your errors make it difficult for readers to understand your point?
Extended Response Writing Process
STEP 1. Read the Prompt.
Before you read the actual passage, read the prompt. This way, as you are reading the passage, you will be able to:
- Form an opinion that directly relates to the question in the prompt
- Look for ideas and details that could make your opinion into a clear argument
STEP 2. Read the Provided Passage.
As you are reading, you should be collecting details to use in your response
STEP 3. Form a Thesis Statement.
Your thesis rewrites the question and makes a claim in order to become your thesis statement.
Your thesis :
- is the argument that you are making in your Extended Response.
- makes a claim that you can support with evidence from the text.
- outlines the path that your paper will take.
How to Map Your Extended Response Essay
—> While most writing isn’t a “formula”, writing an Extended Response can follow a simple path. The trick to using the path is to be sure that you are using your OWN ideas and creative thought process. If you follow this guideline properly by inserting your own thoughts, you will be able to create a well-developed argument.
Sentence One introduces the “Name of the Piece” and the Author that you are responding to in your Extended Response, but if there is no name or author, it will just tell an overall briefing of the piece or idea. Sentence Two discusses the information provided in the passage as it relates to the prompt. Sentence Three and Four should be used to create your thesis statement. Your thesis statement will tell WHAT you think “answers” the prompt, as well as HOW and WHICH supporting details you will use to prove your point.
Paragraph Two, Three, Four:
Sentence One is your topic sentence, which states the point you will make in the paragraph. Sentence Two tells the first supporting detail you will use explain your thesis statement. Sentences Three, Four and (maybe Five) are explanations about HOW your supporting detail actually relates to and describes your point. Sentence Five or Six recaps your topic sentence and/or main point.
Paragraph Four or Five:
Sentence One restates your thesis statements. Sentences Two-Four simply back up your main point, wrapping up your main point, claims, and then finishes your paper.