More about Writing Reports

Last week we dealt with Writing Book Reports.

And what are we going to deal with today?

Different kinds of Reports.

Let’s start.

We often write reports, not only Book Reports. We may be expected to write a report on a certain activity we have participated in, a project we have organized or taken part in, an accident we have witnessed, a research we have engaged in and so on.

What does writing a report include?

  • Description of the activity / event
  • Objectives
  • Conclusions
  • My role
  • My personal conclusions and impressions.

Suggestions

1. Write a short report on a book competition conducted at your school.

First Step
Introduction of the subject:

A book competition is a serious project since …
We believe that …

Second Step
Short History:

The student board first came up with the idea …
The objective was to …
Actually, …
It is well known that …

Third Step
Description of the project

The competition took place …
The rules were …
The number of participants …
The judges …

Fourth Step
Conclusions

The best book reports were chosen …
The winner was awarded …
Last but no least, …

Fifth Step
Personal remarks

I feel privileged …
I was greatly impressed by …
I am most grateful to …
I hope …

2. You are an amateur astrologer.
a. Write a report for your school paper. Explain why you think that astrology is a science. Try to include an incident that “proves” your claim.

You may wish to follow  these guidelines:

Astrology to me is not just a hobby, but …
I first got acquainted with …
Initially, …
Later, …
After a certain time, …
On a certain occasion, something very unusual happened. I was …
It was then that I realized … 
Ever since then, …

b. Now imagine that you want to present arguments against the arguments presented in the previous report.
Write a letter to the editor of the school paper commenting on the above mentioned report.

Explain why you think astrology is based on superstition. It may be fun, but it has nothing to do with science. To you, it’s nonsense, a clever way to take advantage of naive customers.

You may wish to follow these guidelines:

Happyschool Monthly Magazine
Boaz Melamed
Editor

Dear Boaz,

I am writing to …
I would like to refer to …
I was surprised to read …
I can understand …
However, on the other hand, …
I feel it’s absolutely necessary …
It might be dangerous …
My main concern …

Sincerely,
Orit

P.S. I am enclosing an article …

3. Write a short report for your school paper about a friend of yours who had a medical problem. Conventional medicine apparently did not help. The problem was finally solved by a  homeopathic doctor.

a. Write a brief description of your friend’s condition before consulting the homeopath.
Explain the treatment.
Describe his condition today.
State your opinion.

b. Now you are the editor. You refuse to publish the above report. You feel it might mean supporting a treatment that you do not approve of. You do not believe in alterenative medicine and would be ready to publish the above report only after receiving well documented evidence of the effective results of the treatment.

4. Write a short review of a movie you have seen about visits of alien creatures to Earth. 

Sum up the plot.
Describe the characters.
Describe the technological devices.
Explain why you like or dislike science fiction.

5. Write s short report of a road accident in which you have been involved or an accident that you have witnessed.

6. Write a report about the current social activities of your class for your school paper. 

 

         And that’s all for today. More writing suggestions in my next post.

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