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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:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Identify Themes and Conventions

Difficulty level:  

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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
Great effort. 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
EDDIE SAYS
Remember the information at the start of the activity. Non chronological reports start with general information as they introduce the topic and ideas to the reader. Keep it up!
  • 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
This is a tricky one. 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. It depends on the topic the report is on.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Looking good! In general most reports have a conclusion at the end that sum up the ideas that have been discussed in the text.
  • Question 5

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

 

Reports often contain opinions.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Remember non chronological reports are not based on the writers opinion. They are based on facts. You've got this!
  • 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
You getting the hang of this? 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
EDDIE SAYS
Excellent effort! This is true. Quite often sub-headings are used in reports to break the information down into different topics. This is helpful for the reader and makes it easier to understand.
  • 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. Keep it up super star!
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
slang words
EDDIE SAYS
Non chronological reports use formal language and often technical vocabulary. Nearly there!
  • Question 10

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

CORRECT ANSWER
all of the above
EDDIE SAYS
High five! In general reports will classify the topic outlined and use paragraphs to set out the information into different sections. Most reports are written in the present tense depending on the topic.
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