Teaching report writing CAN be easy! It is my mission to make your teaching of informative writing easier and more FUN! Use the student-friendly ideas and resources in this post to motivate your students and help them create animal projects they can be proud of!
What is informative/explanatory writing?
Informative/explanatory writing is a type of writing that is meant to convey information to the reader. The information increases the reader’s knowledge about a topic.
Why should you teach YOUR students how to write a report?
Report writing is a great way for students to practice their informative/explanatory writing skills. Students learn how to write to provide information to their readers. They learn how to:
- conduct research to discover information for their reports and
- write reports that convey information to their readers.
How To Write An Animal Report
7 Steps of the Report Writing Process
There are seven steps to the animal report writing process. They are:
- Step One: Choose Your Topic
- Step Two: Research Your Topic
- Step Three: Make Jot Notes
- Step Four: Write a Draft
- Step Five: Revise and Edit
- Step Six: Write a Good Copy
- Step Seven: Illustrate Report
Step One: Choose an Animal
There are different ways students can choose the topic for their animal report. They can:
- choose their own animal from a list OR
- be assigned an animal by the teacher.
A fun idea for choosing animals is to print the names of different animals on individual slips of paper and let students choose the animal they will be researching.
Step Two: Research the Animal
Students can use a variety of different sources to research their animal reports. They can use:
- non-fiction books,
- online videos,
- or non-traditional sources such as trading cards.
Step Three: Make Jot Notes
Once you decide on the sources your students will be using for their animal research project, have the students make jot notes about the animal they have chosen to write about. Differentiate the jot notes by providing different students with appropriate templates they need based on their learning needs.
Step Four: Write a Draft
After students have finished making their jot notes, they use the information to write a draft copy of their report. Students can write their report on:
- lined paper,
- plain paper,
- in a google doc,
- or you can provide students with another list of options they can choose from.
Step Five: Revise and Edit
Students read over their own work and/or work with a partner to revise and edit their work. Use the FREE Writing Checklist bookmarks to support your students with this process.
Step Six: Write a Good Copy
After students have finished revising and editing their draft animal reports, they can write or type out their good copies.
Step Seven: Illustrate Report
The final step in the report writing process is for students to illustrate their animal reports. Hang the reports on a bulletin board for a colorful display!
Other Tips, Ideas, and Suggestions …
- Use the animal report writing project as part of an Animals Unit.
- Use the animal report to promote informative writing during the language arts.
How to Differentiate Report Writing
- Give reluctant writers templates that require them to only find one fact for each research category.
- If students need a challenge, provide them with a template that encourages them to find three or more facts about each research category.
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Other Resources You May Be Interested In:
Are you looking for ready-made, student-friendly resources that will meet the needs of ALL the students in your classroom? Check out these resources! Materials shown in this blogpost are apart of The Animal Report: Differentiated Templates resource!
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Until next time,