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Information report on an animal


Grade Work Samples
Midway through Stage 2 (end of Year 3) End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade A Lou   Sam  
Grade B Pat   Bailey  
Grade C Bobby   Riley   Indra   Lee   Ariel  
Grade D Alex   Morgan   Jamie  
Grade E Casey  
New Work Samples
Jerry

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Writing

Description of activity

Students use an information sheet about an animal to record information on a matrix worksheet. They use this worksheet to structure and write an information report. Students produce a hand-written draft, which is then redrafted and published using neat handwriting or a computer.

Suggested materials

Pens/pencils
Optional: matrix worksheet, computer

Prior learning

The students have participated in the deconstruction of a text, looking at the structure and language features of an information report. They have participated in the joint construction of information reports in HSIE and Science and Technology units of work.

Board of Studies NSW, English K-6 Student Work Samples, pp130-132

Outcomes

Producing Texts (WS2.9)
Drafts, revises, proofreads and publishes well-structured texts that are more demanding in terms of topic, audience and written language features.
Grammar and Punctuation (WS2.10)
Produces texts clearly, effectively and accurately, using the sentence structure, grammatical features and punctuation conventions of the text type.
Spelling (WS2.11)
Uses knowledge of letter-sound correspondences, common letter patterns and a range of strategies to spell familiar and unfamiliar words.
Handwriting and Computer Technology (WS2.12)
Uses joined letters when writing in NSW Foundation Style and demonstrates basic desktop publishing skills on the computer.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • draft, revise and publish a well-structured information report
  • use sentence structure, grammatical features and punctuation conventions appropriate for an information report
  • spell familiar and unfamiliar words
  • use joined letters when writing in NSW Foundation Style
  • demonstrate basic desktop publishing skills using a computer.
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