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What is a non-chronological report?


Today we are going to look at non-chronological reports. We will think about when we might have seen them before and we will look at the report features.


Non-chronological reports will have all of, or some of, the following features. You have been working hard over the last few week so you will already be familiar with many of these.





1. Topic Title - this is similar to a heading and tells the reader what the report is about.


2. Introduction - an opening paragraph which briefly introduces the topic.


3. Sub-headings - tells the reader what the following paragraph is about.


4.Paragraphs - facts are organised into paragraphs so the reader can learn about one part of the topic.


5. Fact boxes or bullet points - these are often amazing facts that don't really fit into a paragraph. Sometimes they are titled ' Did you know?'


6. Technical language - these are topic words. Some non-chronological reports will contain a glossary at the end the explain these words.


7. Diagrams or pictures - help the reader to understand the text.


8. Formal language - language is factual and helps to inform the reader.


9. Summary - This is a short paragraph at the end of the report which is about the topic and brings it to a close.





Now the you know the features of a non-chronological report, you are going to choose one of the reports below and see how many features you can find. Write the feature in your book and give an example next to it.


You do not need to copy out the whole introduction, just the start of it. If you have access to a printer, you could print out a non-chronological report and highlight the features.



Example from yesterday's reading work:


Topic Title - Ancient Egypt.


Introduction - Important to survival in ancient Egypt was the River Nile. At 6,852km long, it is the longest river in the world, starting in the mountains of Tanzania and flowing through most of north-eastern Africa.


Sub-heading - Black Land