Band 9 Reports: Tables – Poverty

The table below shows the proportion of different categories of families living in poverty in Australia in 1999.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

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GENERAL –

  1. You must include an introduction, an overview, and 1-2 paragraphs of details to SUPPORT your overview.
  2. Try to use some synonyms for the different categories if you can. For example, “sole parent” could be changed to “single parent”. If you’re not sure, just write what is given.
  3. Try to organize your report in a clear, logical way. In this example, we can organise it based on highest and lowest levels of poverty.

 

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INTRODUCTION –

Paraphrase the title using synonyms and different structures.

The table below shows the proportion of different categories of families living in poverty in Australia in 1999.

SAMPLE – “The table provides some statistics relating to the percentage of different family types in Australia who were living below the poverty line in 1999.”

OVERVIEW –

This part is ESSENTIAL. You must MUST give the reader a general summary of the data. In general, you should look for highs, lows, similarities, and differences.

In this example, we can see that single people (with or without children) and couples with children are more likely to live in poverty. On the other hand, older people and couples without children have fewer financial problems. This is what you need to report.

SAMPLE – “Families with children and people living alone had higher rates of poverty, while the elderly and couple without children were less likely to be living in poverty.”

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BODY –

Use data from the table to support your overview. Remember to link different points and use a range of descriptive and comparative vocabulary.

SAMPLE – [Highest groups] “In 1999, the group with the highest proportion of poverty was that of single-parents families, which had a poverty level of 21%. Single people with no children also had high levels of poverty at 19%, while about one-eighth of couples with children were existing in poverty.”

[Lowest groups] “On the other hand, only 4% of elderly couples were living in poverty, while the proportion of aged singles was slightly higher at 6%. Finally, couples with no children were only about half as likely to be living in poverty than couples who did have children.”

OVERVIEW/CONCLUSION

If you didn’t write an overview after your introduction or you want to summarise the main points at the end, you can write a brief conclusion. Reach a conclusion without repeating your overview exactly.

SAMPLE – “Overall, it seems that having children causes a significant amount of financial pressure, while older people seem to be more financially comfortable.”

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FULL ANSWER –

The table provides some statistics relating to the percentage of different family types in Australia who were living below the poverty line in 1999

Families with children and people living alone had higher rates of poverty, while the elderly and couple without children were less likely to be living in poverty

In 1999, the group with the highest proportion of poverty was that of single-parents families, which had a poverty level of 21%. Single people with no children also had high levels of poverty at 19%, while about one-eighth of couples with children were existing in poverty.”

On the other hand, only 4% of elderly couples were living in poverty, while the proportion of aged singles was slightly higher at 6%. Finally, couples with no children were only about half as likely to be living in poverty than couples who did have children.

Overall, it seems that having children causes a significant amount of financial pressure, while older people seem to be more financially comfortable. (165 words)

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