We can identify lots of features of a non-chronological report now and we know why they are used. We know about the title, subheadings, paragraphs and labels on a picture.
Today we are going to look at the type of language that is used.
We already know about technical vocabulary (the words that are in bold writing because they are important subject words that are described in the Glossary) but do you know what tense is used? Can you spot any conjunctions?
Let's have another look at the report we are learning.
The verbs 'like', 'are' and 'have' in the first sentence tell us that it is written in the present tense.
People like flowers because they are pretty, but ALL of the parts of the plant have important jobs to do.
We know that if it were written in past tense these verbs would have been 'liked' and 'had'
We can also spot conjunctions that give the reader more information.
People like flowers because they are pretty, but ALL of the parts of a plant have important jobs to do.
If these conjunctions we missing, it would be a paragraph of very short sentences.
People like flowers. They are pretty. All parts of a plant have important jobs to do.
Write today's date in your book and copy this sentence.
Monday 19th April 2021.
The stem supports the plant and transports the nutrients around the plant.
Underline the verbs to show present tense.
Put a circle around the conjunction which joins ideas.