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Writing Reports

  1. 1. Reports Explanations
  2. 2. Learning Intentions Succes Criteria To describe how and why something happens in a report format. <ul><li>Deeper Features </li></ul><ul><li>Write in present tense. </li></ul><ul><li>Write in the third person. </li></ul><ul><li>Use vocabulary associated with time (First, then, after, later, finally…..). </li></ul><ul><li>Use factual and precise descriptive language, including technical terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Include language for classifying, comparing and contrasting, linking cause and effect (because, if, then, so, as a result, therefore….). </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>A general statement that gives background information about the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Logically sequenced paragraphs or statements explaining how and why something happens / works. </li></ul><ul><li>A concluding statement that draws the information together. </li></ul><ul><li>Use diagrams, graphs, maps, tables, illustrations to support the text. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Reports <ul><li>Information reports </li></ul><ul><li>News reports </li></ul><ul><li>Sports reports </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific reports </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation reports </li></ul>TASK Use a Noisy Round Robin to identify key aspects/features of each of these reports and give examples of appropriate use.
  4. 4. Explanatory Sketch Board Frame Water Cycle Evaporation Condensation Precipitation Water Flow
  5. 5. Structure of an Exlanation Report <ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>In upper and lower case letters (only important words are capitalized), underlined and centred. </li></ul><ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>The process or thing is defined or classified. </li></ul><ul><li>Use declarative sentences using is and are. </li></ul><ul><li>Description of components or parts </li></ul><ul><li>The components or parts are described and/or classified. </li></ul><ul><li>Operations </li></ul><ul><li>How the parts function and how the thing or process works. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><li>When and where the thing functions or when and where the process is used. </li></ul><ul><li>Optional Comment </li></ul><ul><li>May contain personal opinion if appropriate. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How a Windmill Works A windmill is a device for harnessing the power of the wind. A windmill has a large rotational disc fixed to an axle. The disc has angled sections called vanes. The axle is geared to a shaft, which turns with the axle. The shaft is connected to a device such as a pump, generator, or belt drive wheel. When the wind blows the force of the wind is deflected by the angled vanes and thus pushes them in one direction. The rotation of the disk is transferred through the turning shafts to the machines to which it is connected. A well-designed windmill can produce a great amount of cheap non-polluting energy. The energy can perform many tasks depending on the appliance to which it is connected. Title Definition Description of components or parts Operations Applications Third person Present tense Vocabulary associated with time Factual and precise descriptive language Language linking cause and effect
  7. 7. Writing own Explanation Reports <ul><li>TASK </li></ul><ul><li>Write your own report using the facts sheet on Dinosaurs and the Explanation Report template. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul><ul><li>What information needs to be provided to capture the reader’s attention? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make the report more interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we develop the main ideas even further? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Science Fair <ul><li>Gather information and illustrations on a chosen scientific feature from your science fair project. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out background information to help support your hypothesis and assist you with analysing your results when you are finished with your experiments. </li></ul><ul><li>When you have found your information, use the Group Response to Text sheet to negotiate and come up with something that everybody is happy with. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Peter Sloane Framework to draft and publish your report. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Self-Assessment sheet and Success Criteria to check your work. </li></ul><ul><li>Present your report to the class together with your Science Fair project. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Group Response to Text Student A Student B Student C Student D Common Understandings Text / article / web site: ____________________
  10. 10. Self-Assessment Explanation Report