Assessing by Extended Writing

Overview

Extended writing tasks are text-based assignments that involve:

  • research and critical reading from multiple sources of information and ideas, and
  • the development of a sustained and well-substantiated argument or point of view.

These tasks are usually set to be undertaken within extended time frames. Students must engage in high-level reasoning and problem-solving as they generate their own creative response to the problem posed.  With extended writing tasks, students can engage in deep learning, gain insights into multi-structural connections and relationships among concepts, and develop critical and creative reasoning skills.

Learners need to be given plenty of formative activities to scaffold the skills and knowledge required to master extended writing.  Read more about Developing Students' Writing Skills.

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