Scientific Reports

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IMRAD isn't text-speak for I'm cool. It's actually the format for scientific reports. As part of a larger series on specific writing assignments, an informative handout explains the nuts and bolts of writing a lab report. First, however, the handout describes why teachers require research reports and how to provide the information the insructor seeking.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Share a video of individuals conducting a lab and have learners write a report based on what they observe
  • Before conducting a lab, share some previous research or background information to help spur critical thinking
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for those who have never written a scientific report
Pros

  • Offers a very thorough explanation of the scientific report writing process
  • Breaks down a complex format into four key components
Cons

  • Only includes examples for a few of the elements of the paper
  • Many sections include heavy amounts of text