Going from Short to Long Answers

Going from Short to Long Answers of Essay Structure

If you have just started writing essays for the first time, one of the hardest things to do is go from writing short answers to long answers. In this lesson, we will go through a few tips to help you get to the word limit easily.

Starting from a Short Answer

Let’s have a look at the following question. We will use this question as our example:
“Why do we eat some animals, but not other animals?”
If you were answering a short-answer question, you might write something like this:
There are many reasons why people eat some animals and not others. Different animals have different body types, with some more suited to eating than others. Some animals, such as pigs and sheep, are farmed and eaten based on taste and availability. Other animals, such as toads, are unable to be eaten or are not enjoyed by many people.
We can use the detail from our short answer in our essay.
Here we have a re-write of the question, and a definition.
The rest of our short answer can go into making up the main points of our paragraphs.
Some animals, such as pigs and sheep, are farmed and eaten based on taste and availability.
Other animals, such as toads, are unable to be eaten or are not enjoyed by many people.

Building on the Body

Once our introduction is finished, we need to focus on making the main points into paragraphs.
We start with this:
Some animals are farmed and eaten based on taste and availability.
We cut out “such as pigs and sheep” so we can use it as part of our evidence.
All we need to add is the main points of our argument.
Speaking of which…
Now that we have a strong topic sentence
We need to explain and discuss this in more detail.
It is this meat which is delivered to supermarkets and restaurants, and meat grown from farms is the most likely to eaten. Animals which are not in demand are not farmed, and so are not eaten.
With our discussion complete we now need to add some evidence
Some animals are farmed and eaten based on taste and availability. It is this meat which is delivered to supermarkets and restaurants, and meat grown from farms is the most likely to eaten. Animals which are not in demand are not farmed, and so are not eaten. According to the Australian Meat Bureau, pigs and sheep are among the most produced meats in Australian farms and have the most satisfied customers. This shows that animals are chosen to be eaten based on taste and availability.

Finishing it Off

Now, all you have to do is write the next paragraph and wrap it up with a strong conclusion for Going from Short to Long Answers.
Finishing it off - Going from Short to Long Answers

What Not To Do for Going from Short to Long Answers

This is often the way many students do the same process.
However, if you do this you will run out of things to write very quickly.
Your answer will also not be as good.

Conclusion

Remember to watch the videos again if you are stuck, take notes, and always try to start good habits.

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