What is an information report?

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An information report provides readers with information on chosen a topic by providing them with facts.

Generally an information report is written to provide facts about a living or non-living object.  It can be an individual object or a group of objects.  Some suggestions are.

  • Sea Creatures
  • The Bald Eagle
  • Aircraft
  • The Titanic
  • Rome
  • Pollution

The challenge in writing a good information report is to provide the audience with plenty of facts and evidence about a topic without providing personal opinion.  If you do include personal opinion essentially you are writing a persuasive ( also known as an expository ) text.  IF you are writing about a class of objects such as sharks it is important to highlight the differences and similarities between the objects.

Well labelled images can save you a great deal of explaining and enhance an information reports visual appeal.

Well labelled images can save you a great deal of explaining and enhance an information reports visual appeal.

It's time to get get technical and descriptive...

When putting together an information report you need to know your topic well so be sure to do your research beforehand.  If you were writing an information report on the Titanic you night want to find out some of the following facts.

  • When & Where was Titanic built?
  • What materials was it made from?
  • Who was the captain and any other significant people involved?
  • Explain the facts around Titanic's maiden voyage such as locations and dates?
  • What caused the Titanic to sink ( Remember not to share opinion just facts.)
  • Any important dates and statistics associated with Titanic.

Tips for writing a great information report

Information report planning tools

  • Assume your readers are not as knowledgeable on the topic as you are.  This means you will have to briefly explain your topic before getting into the body.
  • Use the correct scientific and technical terms in your report.
  • Find or create some labelled diagrams if possible.
  • Use paragraphs effectively.  Each new element of your information report should start with a new paragraph.
  • Information reports are always written in present tense and from a third person perspective.
  • You may offer some form of question or comment around your findings in the conclusion only.  The rest of your report should be constructed purely of facts and evidence.
Click here to download a printable planner with and without example text.

Click here to download a printable planner with and without example text.


Editing List (check off each thing you have completed)  _____

Does every paragraph include all the needed information?  _____

Did you indent every paragraph?  _____

Do you have a capital letter and end mark for every sentence?  _____

Did you check your paper for accurate spelling?  _____

Did you read your paper out loud to someone or have another student read it to make sure it made sense? _____

Did you have the teacher help edit your paper (this is done last)?