Yesterday we started work on putting all that information you’ve collected for your Inquiry topic into an information report. Here is a breakdown of the steps you need to take to write that report…
- Write an introduction. The introduction will introduce your topic and give the reader a definition/explain what your topic is about. It will also give some clues about what the information report will have in it.
Here’s an example:
The theory of Pangaea was thought of one hundred years ago by Alfred Wegener. It is the theory that, once, all the land on Earth, was joined together. Over many millions of years the Earth changed and the land broke, first into two pieces, then into more pieces to make the continents that we know today.
2. Write the body paragraphs. This is where you give more information. You can use sub-headings to help organise the information.
Here’s a short example:
Wegener suggested that there was once a gigantic supercontinent, which he named Pangaea. This means ‘All Earth’ in Greek. During the Jurassic period, the land began to break up. It formed two continents called Gondwanaland and Lurasia. In between those two continents was an ocean called the Tethys Sea.
Later, during the Cretaceous period, the continents separated further. The land mass split and the broken parts drifted apart so that they were surrounded by oceans on all sides.
The Way Things are Now
Now we have seven continents and five oceans and these are habitats to many millions of creatures including us. Some species are unique to certain continents, like kangaroos only being found in Australia and places nearby to Australia. Many other continents have species that are only found in those particular parts of the world.
At the end of your information report you need to have a conclusion. The conclusion wraps up the information into one final tidy paragraph. It is a summary of your topic.
Millions of years ago our land masses were one huge supercontinent but then, over time, they broke up, first into two bits, then into more until they made the continents that we know today. The process of land splitting and drifting apart is still happening and maybe, if we return in a couple of thousand or million years, things will have changed enormously again!
Read the following link to read an information report about the Tectonic Plates…