Band 9.0 Reports: Line Graphs – Children’s Sports

GENERAL POINTS –

(1) Use a clear structure for your report. In this example, you need an INTRODUCTION, an OVERVIEW, TWO body paragraphs (one for each graph), a CONCLUSION (similar but NOT the same as your overview – this can be optional depending on time and word count!)

(2) Use a range of descriptive vocabulary that makes the information CLEAR to the reader. Can the reader PICTURE/IMAGINE what the graph(s) look like without seeing it? If, yes, then you have written a good report. If, no, well…try again.

(3) You MUST include an overview/summary of the main points. If you don’t, you will not score above Band 5.

(4) Paraphrase the introduction/graph information/etc with appropriate synonyms or grammatical changes (if you can!) Always remember that your FIRST job is to be clear.

Line Graph - Children's Sports

The graphs above give information about the money spent per month by British parents on their children’s sports between 2008 and 2014. The second chart shows the number of children who participated in three sports in Britain over the same time period.

Write a report of at least 150 words reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant.

STEP-BY-STEP ANSWER

NOTE – Synonyms and useful descriptive vocabulary are included in bold. Linking and organizational vocabulary (that can be used for ANY topic!) are included in italics.

STEP 1 – INTRODUCTION

“The graphs provide data about the amount of money British parents spent on their children’s sports over the period from 2008 to 2014 as well as the quantity of children who took part in three particular sports over the equivalent time span.

STEP 2 – OVERVIEW

A brief analysis of the graphs indicates that the level on spending on children’s sports increased significantly, while participation in the three sports highlighted also grew overall.

IMPORTANT TIP – The rest of your report is ONLY to make the statements in your overview CLEAR. If what you’re writing doesn’t do that, then DON’T write it.

STEP 3 – BODY PARAGRAPH 1 (“SPENDING LEVELS”)

“In 2008, parents in Britain spent pounds per month on their offspring’s sports. However, this figure climbed steadily over the following six years, and by 2014 it stood at approximately 32 pounds.

STEP 3 – BODY PARAGRAPH 2 (“PARTICIPATION LEVELS”)

TIP – Organise the different categories based on something like “biggest” or “smallest” or “biggest increase” or “biggest drop” etc.

“Football had by far the highest level of participation throughout the period, with roughly 9 million participants in 2014, up from just over 8 million in 2008. In addition, athletics saw the largest overall increase, climbing substantially from under half a million children in 2008 to almost 5 million only 6 years later. Finally, the number of children taking part in swimming underwent strong growth, doubling from under 2 million to around 4.

Line Graph - Children's Sports

FULL SAMPLE ANSWER

“The graphs provide data about the amount of money British parents spent on their children’s sports over the period from 2008 to 2014 as well as the quantity of children who took part in three particular sports over the equivalent time span.

A brief analysis of the graphs indicates that the level on spending on children’s sports increased significantly, while participation in the three sports highlighted also grew overall.

“In 2008, parents in Britain spent pounds per month on their offspring’s sports. However, this figure climbed steadily over the following six years, and by 2014 it stood at approximately 32 pounds.

“Football had by far the highest level of participation throughout the period, with roughly 9 million participants in 2014, up from just over 8 million in 2008. In addition, athletics saw the largest overall increase, climbing substantially from under half a million children in 2008 to almost 5 million only 6 years later. Finally, the number of children taking part in swimming underwent strong growth, doubling from under 2 million to around 4. (174 words)

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