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How to write an information report : 

How to write an information report

Today we are going to write a newspaper report about the weekend’s earthquake. : 

Today we are going to write a newspaper report about the weekend’s earthquake.

First you need a title : 

First you need a title Does your title have something to do with what your report is about? Does it hook your reader in?

Write a catchy title! : 

Write a catchy title! Now you are ready to write!

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What happened? Where did it happen? Who did it happen to? When did it happen? Your information report needs an introduction which tells the reader the main things that you are going to talk about.

Write your introduction. : 

Write your introduction. Make sure you say what, when, where and who in your introduction. You might start like this: On Saturday morning at 4.30 am….

Your information report is organised into paragraphs to make the information clear for the reader. : 

Your information report is organised into paragraphs to make the information clear for the reader. Each paragraph has a topic sentence. The topic sentences are the main ideas.

What are the main ideas that the reader will want to know? : 

What are the main ideas that the reader will want to know? Exactly where it happened. What damage was caused? How did it affect the people of Christchurch?

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After you write a topic sentence you need to add some more detail. Think about what else belongs to this idea. Paragraph 1 – Where did it happen? The earthquake was centred in Darfield.

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Now write the detail to go with this sentence. Paragraph 2 – What damage was caused? Most damage was caused to buildings and houses in the centre of Christchurch.

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Now write the detail to go with this sentence. Paragraph 3 – How did it affect Christchurch people? Luckily no-one in Christchurch lost their lives although…

After you have written all the paragraphs, you will finish with a conclusion. : 

After you have written all the paragraphs, you will finish with a conclusion. Your conclusion sums up all the main ideas that you have written in the report. It may include a personal comment.

Use the rubric to make sure that you have included everything you need to for your information report. : 

Use the rubric to make sure that you have included everything you need to for your information report. You may also find Room 8’s writer’s checklist helpful!

Use the rubric to make sure that you have included everything you need to for your information report. : 

Use the rubric to make sure that you have included everything you need to for your information report. You may also find Room 8’s writer’s checklist helpful!

Let’s check! : 

Let’s check! Title – Does your title tell the reader what the report is about? Vocabulary – highlight all the words that are scientific or technical words. Is your report set out in clear paragraphs? Use your Room 8’s writer’s checklist to check that all your spelling and punctuation is correct! Use a dictionary to check the spelling of underlined words.

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Detail – Does your report contain facts? Is your source of facts correct? Have you included a picture, diagram, map or chart to make the meaning clearer for your reader? Once you have checked all of these things – you are ready to publish your report!

Publish your report as a Word document, and we will make a book out of the reports. : 

Publish your report as a Word document, and we will make a book out of the reports. Make sure you save your report under your name on Studentwrite.