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Part 1- Planning a non-chronological report

LO: To plan a non-chronological report 


This week, we're exploring non-chronological reports. People write reports to store and organise information about something. For example, you might read a report on meerkats if you want to find out more about them. Non-chronological means no particular order. So a non-chronological report on meerkats for instance, might give you an introduction, then some information about where they live, what they eat, how they're adapted to environments and so on. 


There are many different examples of non-chronological reports: 

  • non-fiction book 
  • tourist leaflet 
  • information poster (e.g. like the ones you may see in a zoo) 
  • news report on the TV 
  • video report about something in particular 


Although they may take different forms, they have similar features. Here are some of the key features of a non-chronological report. 

Tuesday Activity: 

Can you spot any of these features in the examples of non-chronological reports below? 

Wednesday Activity: Planning your non-chronological report in a spider diagram

Spend a few minutes thinking about the questions below then watch the video. 



  • Is there something that you'd like to find out more about? 
  • What do you already know lots about? 
    • A hobby
    • An animal 
    • A place
    • A significant person 
    • An company or charity 


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How to write reports with BBC Sport | English - Facts about Non-Fiction