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Informational Report

"The purpose of writing is to communicate: a thought, an idea, a sentiment or a fact."  In an Informational report most of the writing will be facts.  You need to take good notes so you will have lots of details to share under each topic/section.  Most teachers want the report double spaced with the font being larger for the topic/section and one size smaller for the text.  Be sure to refer to the directions given by your teacher for the format you need to follow.

To begin the paper, you will need an introduction paragraph, followed by the body of the work with specific details about each topic/section and ending with a conclusion paragraph.

Each topic/section needs to have paragraphs containing enough supporting details to give the reader a complete and interesting picture of the topic.  Tell the reader what colors things are, how big things are, what things sound like, etc.  Be sure to tie your facts together and cover the topic completely.


"Writing Terms:

Topic sentence - The sentence which contains the main idea of a paragraph.

Body - The main part of the writing that comes between the opening and closing ideas.  The body of a piece of writing contains the specific details that support or develop the main idea.

Closing/concluding sentence - The sentence which sums up the main point being made in a paragraph.

Description - Writing which paints a picture of a person, a place, a thing, or an idea using specific details.

Details - The specific facts, examples, and words used in a piece of writing to support or explain the main idea.

Supporting details - The details used to develop a subject or bring a story to life.

Sensory details - Details which help us to see, feel, smell, taste, and hear a subject."


Kemper, Dave, Ruth Nathan, and Patrick Sebranek. Writers Express A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners.

Wilmington: Great Source Education Group, 1995. Print.  This handbook provides the rules and skills for young students to become good



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