A Comparative Report – Year 4-7

Comparative reports  compare or contrast particular characteristics of similar things or processes. Comparative reports are typically structured as follows:

  • General statement
    • Introduces ‘things’ to be compared
  • Description
    • systematic analysis of similarities and differences
Title Stars and Planets

General statement

Entities (Things)

Our solar system comprises the sun (a huge star) and all the planets orbiting it as well as other material. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a star and a planet?

Similarities and Differences


The basic difference is that a star gives off light and a planet only reflects light. A star is a ball of gas. Pressure at the centre of the star causes a nuclear fusion reaction to start. This fission burns and creates light for millions of years. A planet is a spherical ball of rock or gas that is usually found orbiting a star. Over time a star will eventually change properties and become a planet but a planet will remain relatively unchanged.
Appearance When observing planets and stars through a telescope, several differences can be seen. Stars appear to twinkle whereas brighter planets don’t. The closer, larger planets appear as disk-shaped; in contrast , the stars tend to be points of light.


We Are The Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Eureka – Clare Wright


We Are The Rebels: The Women and Men of Eureka – By Clare Wright


Here Hidden Head
Explicitly in the text

Read the clues

Read between the lines

Gather information from various parts of the text


Opinion based on evidence

Evaluative based on details in the text


Who was involved in the creation of the design of the Eureka flag?



Why did Peter Lalor fight so hard for the rights of miners? Why did the court use the Eureka Flag as evidence against the miners?
Did they use Aboriginal tools? Why did they meet up at Bakery Hill? Why were women doubted so much?
Where was the flag made? Why couldn’t the women come and mine the gold? Why in nearly all the photos of the Eureka stockade were there no women?
How valuable were shillings? Why did they make the Eureka flag so big?
Where were the women when the men were fighting against the military? How did the Eureka Flag come to be created? Why were women not so recognised?
When they were hiding, if a soldier found them did they hurt them? What happened during the cross-fire?
Why couldn’t women vote?
Why did they make the Miners Rights?

Gather information from a variety of sources.
How are women portrayed?
Who is represented?


The Eureka Flag: A National Treasure

The Eureka Stockade


Timeline of Events

State Library of Victoria:

Ellen Young’s poem (published in the Geelong Advertiser, 1 June 1954)

Compare to a contemporary text about social commentary:
Mr President by Pink
How have patterns of language changed across historical contexts?

Jackie French text annotated