Report Writing. Report Writing. Lesson Objectives In these lessons you will learn: what a report is the aim of writing a report how to set out a report standard formats for reports how to write and present your own report. Report Writing.
In these lessons you will learn:
what a report is
the aim of writing a report
how to set out a report
standard formats for reports
how to write and present your own report
Blocking Out a Report
Each of the sections of the report MUST be given a heading and in complex reports it is usual to number each section as well. So a report might look like this:
2. Section 1 of my report
1.1 Sub sections can be numbered
1.2 Or paragraphs can also be numbered.
2. This is section 2 of my report
2.1 This is section 2.1
2.2 This is section 2.2
This is section 2.2.1
3. This is section 3 of my report
Your report must end with a conclusion and/or recommendations.
Headings Mini Task
Assume that you have been tasked with writing a report about the problems or dangers of playing computer games.
Block out your report indicating what you would put in each section of the report.
Reports are usually written for a specific audience or target group and are rarely written to be read by everyone in the general public.
You have to be careful though that you do not overestimate or underestimate your reader's knowledge and blind them with science or bore them to tears.
Selecting our material
The two golden rules to follow when deciding what to put into a report are:
a) Simplify, and be ruthless about it. Reject the irrelevant, and make sure you've got the essential.
b) Justify your conclusions with facts, and state their sources. Build the facts into a logical and consistent case, so as to lead the reader to the same conclusions as your own.
It is quite normal (and often helpful) to use tables, graphs, bar charts, or other diagrams in a report to help make data or ideas clear to the reader. In your exam answer you will be expected to use at least one chart or table.
Set your report out generously. Use wide margins; space out paragraphs; and indent subheadings. It makes the report much easier for the reader to read and understand and will make a big difference to the mark you get in the exam.
Exam Mark Scheme
Total 50 Marks
From the information presented in the Global Warming PowerPoint and your own research, write a report which outlines the effect that global warming is having on the planet.
Note: You must use at least one image and one chart in your report.
This report will count as a project assignment for this half semester and must be submitted by Wed 17 April.