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Understand the Features of Non-Chronological Reports

In this worksheet, students consider the language conventions and grammatical features of non-chronological reports.

'Understand the Features of Non-Chronological Reports' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Standard Comprehension

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A non-chronological report (sometimes simply called a report) is a text written to describe or classify something. Reports include guide books, information leaflets and books about animals or periods in history.

 

Reports often contain the following features.

 

1) They open with a general description or classification.

e.g. A dog is a mammal.

 

2) They are usually written in the present tense.

 

3) The main body of the text is divided into paragraphs about different aspects of the topic. The paragraphs may have sub-headings.

 

4) They contain facts, not opinions.

 

5) They describe the topic in general, rather than in particular (e.g. describing 'dogs' rather than 'my dog Sid').

 

6) They use fairly formal and technical language, rather than slang.

 

7) They end with a conclusion which may identify the main points already described.

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A description of how a helicopter flies is an example of a non-chronological report.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports usually begin with a general description or classification of the topic.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports are always written in the present tense.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports don't need a conclusion as all the information has already been presented.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports often contain opinions.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A leaflet encouraging people to visit Rome is an example of a non-chronological report.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A non-chronological report may contain sub-headings.

true

false

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A report never contains photographs or diagrams.

true

false

Which of the following features is not normally found in non-chronological reports?

technical vocabulary

slang words

formal language

impersonal tone

Which of the following features are usually present in non-chronological reports?

classification of the subject

writing in the present tense

paragraphs

all of the above

  • Question 1

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A description of how a helicopter flies is an example of a non-chronological report.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
A description of helicopters would be a non-chronological report, but because the text describes how a helicopter flies it is an explanatory text.
  • Question 2

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports usually begin with a general description or classification of the topic.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
  • Question 3

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports are always written in the present tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Most reports are written in the present tense, but a report on dinosaurs would have to be written in the past tense as they no longer exist.
  • Question 4

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports don't need a conclusion as all the information has already been presented.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
  • Question 5

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Reports often contain opinions.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
  • Question 6

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A leaflet encouraging people to visit Rome is an example of a non-chronological report.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Such a leaflet would be a persuasive text, but if the leaflet was simply describing Rome and its features, then it would be a non-chronological report.
  • Question 7

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A non-chronological report may contain sub-headings.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
  • Question 8

Read the following statement and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A report never contains photographs or diagrams.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Reports often contain photographs or diagrams. They can be very helpful for the reader.
  • Question 9

Which of the following features is not normally found in non-chronological reports?

CORRECT ANSWER
slang words
  • Question 10

Which of the following features are usually present in non-chronological reports?

CORRECT ANSWER
all of the above
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