Year 5 Language and Literature

Writing and Research

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Once you’ve learnt how to write sentences, you can practise putting sentences together into paragraphs and longer works. In Year 4 we learnt about writing reports and formal letters. Here are some things you might try writing:

1. A letter to a friend or family member
2. A short story
3. A summary of what you did today
4. A description of an object or of a person
5. A poem
6. A report

To write a report, first choose a topic you’d like to learn more about. Then go to your school library or local library and ask the librarian to help you find information on your topic. (You can also find information by searching the Internet.) As you learn interesting facts or read quotations that you think you might want to use in your report, write down what you found and also where you found these things. Whenever you find something in a book, write down the title of the book, the author, where the book was published, by whom and when. Most of this information can be found in the first few pages of a book.

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When you write your report, think of it as a set of paragraphs, each of which should have its own purpose. Before you start writing, you should have a good idea of what each paragraph in your essay is intended to accomplish. For instance, if you were writing a report on Australia, you might have an introduction about why you chose to write about Australia, a paragraph about the people who live there, another on the animals that can be found in the Outback and a third on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where beautiful sea creatures live. Your last paragraph should be your conclusion, in which you restate your point and finish up your report.

Now try writing your own report. Will you research and write about Australia, or somewhere else?

This activity is adapted from pages 57-58 of What Your Year 5 Child Needs to Know. This activity has a connection: click below to see the related activity.

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