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Clowne Junior School

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Yesterday we looked at our new genre of Non-chronological reports. We explored a few video clips and websites to gain some new facts about lions.


Today's lesson


Learning intention: To analyse a model text.


Please read the below text. It is a good example of a Non-Chronological report.






We are now going to ask you to find the following features in the text about the octopus above. You can highlight each of the features on your computer in different colours if you wish or you can print of the PDF version above and highlight on that. Please include a key to show what each colour is representing e.g. red= Title.


Features to find:

  • Title
  • Introductory paragraph
  • Subheadings (titles which tell you what a paragraph is about)

  • Present tense (words such as 'is' and 'has'.) Here is an example of present tense used in a sentence 'During the day, most octopuses hide away from other marine animals.'

  • Third person (if you write in the third person, you will include some of these pronouns he, him, his, himself, she, her, hers, herself, it, its, itself, they, them, their, theirs, and themselves.)

We would also like you to highlight these features:

  • commas in a list
  • subordinate conjunctions (as, since, while, when, although)
  • Fronted adverbials (saying how, why or when something happens. These are placed at the front of a sentence.) A few examples of these could be:

'Deep down at the bottom of the ocean,'  'During the day,' 

An example of how to analyse a model text is just above this. The example text above is for a fantasy narrative but it gives you the idea of what we mean by highlighting the key features and creating a key for what you have highlighted.