Organizing Reports: Overview

The How and Why of Organizing

Organization refers to the arrangement or order of the ideas in a text.

Effective organization introduces the idea of the report in a general way, comfortably and easily leading the reader into the details of the situation.

Writers usually organize reports in either of two ways, directly or indirectly. For the class reports, both the short, informal one and the longer, formal report, you are most likely to be using  direct organization and should begin with that unit. Read through the instructions on this page, then go to Direct Organization by pressing the bar at the bottom of the page.

Direct Organization | Indirect Organization