In the 6th section of your Lab Report you have to give tell us

the METHOD

you used to carry out the experiment.
There are 3 ways to do this:
  1. the SIMPLE WAY ....................... GIVE the reader INSTRUCTIONS
  2. a BETTER WAY ......................... DESCRIBE the PROCESS you followed
  3. the SCIENTIFIC WAY ................. DESCRIBE the PROCESS using THE PASSIVE

Each of these uses has the SAME ACTIONS but using DIFFERENT GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURES.



  • the SIMPLE one- A LIST OF INSTRUCTIONS:


GENRE:

INSTRUCTIONS
HOW TO MAKE / DO something

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • verb in IMPERATIVE tense
  • no subject – since the ONLY possible subject is “you” we usually leave it out
  • simple sentences i.e. only ONE action in each sentence
  • usually numbered or bulleted to show the sequence/order of the actions
  • therefore, no linking expressions necessary




  • A BETTER one - a PARAGRAPH, describing what you DID



GENRE:

DESCRIPTION of a PROCEDURE/PROCESS

HOW something WAS DONE / MADE

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • verb in the PAST SIMPLE tense
  • subject “I” or “We
  • written in a PARAGRAPH
  • Linking Expressions showing sequence used to connect simple and compound (with 2/more actions) sentences
















  • the SCIENTIFIC one ..

(even better, because this is the style real scientists use in the real world AND which you will have to use at university)