Are you looking for a simple, step-by-step strategy for teaching your students how to write animal reports? Support your students as they work through the report writing process by following seven simple steps.
If you are following the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide, report writing is perfect for Action C - Writing in the Content Areas. The goal of Action C is to integrate writing into the different content areas. Report writing is a fantastic way to get kids writing in Science, Social Studies, Health, and Arts Ed.
Report writing is a type of informative writing. ... and what is informative writing? Informative writing is meant to give information to the reader. The information increases the reader's knowledge about a topic. So ... when students write a report, they are learning to share information with others. And as teachers isn't that our goal?
We want kids to practice their writing ... and kids love animals ... so ... writing animal reports is a great way for students to practice their writing skills! As they write their reports, students learn how to:
There are seven steps to the animal report writing process. They are:
The following steps are illustrated using pictures of the templates found in the Animal Report Writing package. Whether you use this package or your own materials, follow this process as you walk your students through the report writing steps.
There are different ways that students can choose the topic for their animal reports. Students can:
Students can use different sources your students to find information about their animals depending on the resources you have available. Students can use:
Making jot notes is a difficult skill for students to master. Provide your students with jot note templates with targeted questions to support them with this process.
Once students have finished writing their jot notes, they can write their draft reports. Students take the information they have gathered on their jot note templates and make them into paragraphs for their reports.
Teachers can support their students as they revise and edit with differentiated writing checklists. Choose a checklist that matches the individual learning needs of your students. Students work through the checklist to make their writing better.
After students have went through the editing and revision process, they are ready to write a good copy for their report. Students can use differentiated templates or their own writing paper for the good copy of their reports.
The last step of the report writing process is adding color with illustrations to enhance what students have written in their reports.
Materials shown in this blogpost are a part of The Animal Report - Differentiated Templates resource. It is available on TeachersPayTeachers and as a part of the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Club. Do not purchase if you are a part of the club.
Until next time,
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