This week saw the culmination of our inquiry into migration. The children worked in groups across the year level last week to first choose a migration story from history or an example from today. They explored the topic through the concepts of causation, change and perspective. The children presented their findings in the form of a news report or documentary piece with fellow students as their audience. The task involved a number of ATL’s (approaches to learning) in the form of communication skills, social skills, self=management skills and research skills.
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.