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How to Write a Report: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 The Writing Process
  • 0:36 Gather Information
  • 1:17 Organize Information
  • 1:43 Write Your Draft
  • 2:23 Revise, Edit, and Publish
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Instructor: Corrie Boone

Corrie holds master's in elementary education, taught elementary ESL in the public schools for 5 years, and recently was teaching EFL abroad.

Writing a report can be simple once you learn the steps of the writing process. Come along as the five steps are broken down into simple tasks to help you write a research report on any topic!

The Writing Process

Have you ever built a Lego house? Think about the different stages of the process: designing your house, organizing your materials, constructing your creation, making final tweaks, and presenting your creation to your friends and family. Writing a report involves a similar process, and it can seem a lot more intimidating than making a house out of Legos. But once we break it down into five simple steps, it won't be so intimidating! Today you'll learn about each of the steps, which together are called the writing process.

Gather Information

The first thing to do in the writing process is to select a topic and then gather the information you'll need to begin writing. It's just like when you build your Lego house - you need to design your house and gather the pieces you'll need before construction.

For your report, you'll need to research your topic, which means you need to find information on your topic to use in your report. Two main types of research sources include:

  1. Print sources including informational books, magazines, encyclopedias, newspapers, interviews
  2. Internet and media sources including search engines, television, movies, music

Organize Information

The next step is to organize the information you gathered during research, which will help make writing the report easier later. It's like when you organize the pieces for your Lego house. You separate the blocks into different types and colors so that you can easily grab what you need when you need it.

For your report, graphic organizers like essay maps, Venn diagrams, tables, and charts are great tools for organizing your information.

Write Your Draft

So, you've gathered and organized everything you need and you're ready to build your Lego house or write the first draft of your report. If you completed a graphic organizer, this step can be a breeze. Take the information from your graphic organizer and turn it into essay format. Typically, your report will be five paragraphs, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Main Idea 1
  3. Main Idea 2
  4. Main Idea 3
  5. Conclusion

If you filled out your graphic organizer in complete sentences, this step will be even easier!

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