This week we began looking at report writing. We started by pulling apart the structure of an existing report on whales. The focus was targeting how paragraphs are written in an information report. The children discovered how each paragraph is dedicated to one particular subject of the main topic and each paragraph begins with a topic sentence that acts as an introduction to that subject. Each paragraph contains a variety of topic specific words that inform the reader.
We used these ideas to help understand the best way to read a non-fiction piece of writing. It isn’t necessary to read the whole article but reading the first sentence of each paragraph helps us to scan for information.
Over the next few weeks the children will be exploring the different migration stories around the world currently and historically and working towards researching and writing a report on one of their choosing.