Report writing is a skill your child will need to develop throughout their school life to serve them in their life beyond - at university and in their professional career.
Reports require your child to work on their research, analytical, and critical thinking skills. This writing style teaches your child how to present and explain technical terms to readers and how to correctly use subheadings.
This section of our website has free, downloadable resources to help your child improve their report writing skills.
Let’s get into what report writing is, what the report writing process looks like, and how you can help your child improve their report writing skills!
Report writing is a formal writing style that has specific features, and requires attention to detail and strong research skills. Children will learn how to write a good report in their late elementary/primary school years, as it calls for a higher level of understanding and writing skills.
Reports are used to make sense of facts, such as historical events, the results of an investigation, and to offer background information and insights on specific topics.
There are many types of reports, all of which used for a number of different reasons and objectives, including:
While your child will not be asked to write a business report, they’ll likely come across this writing style when analyzing a book they’ve read in class, or by being asked to write a report on their favorite movie character. It’s important to note that report writing goes beyond English lessons, being used in other subjects, such as math and science.
A good report follows a specific report writing format, which consists of:
Here are our top tips for elementary/primary report writing:
If your child is struggling to come up with a topic they feel inspired to write a report about, no need to fret! Here are five report topics your young writer can choose from:
Now that we’ve discussed the basics of report writing, your child should be ready to give this writing style a try! Included in this free resource is an explanation on the entire report writing process, from different title pages, to how to organize contents of the report, to how to end the text. We’ve even included a template for your child to use!
Our reading & writing program for kids helps children build their knowledge and understanding of the report writing process from the very first writing activity. Children are first tasked with creating an original character for the Zoo, and are then asked to write a report about this new creature!
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