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What is a Recount
A recount tells about something that
happened in the past.

There are 3 different types of


Recounts
Factual- such as a news story
Procedural- such as telling someone how your
built something
Personal- such as a family holiday or your
opinion on a subject

Recounts
Recounts are given in the order that
they happened
They include:
Who
What
Where
When
Why

Examples
List a few types of recounts:
Biographies
Newspapers
Letters
Conversations

Starter Verbal Recounts


With your partner talk about what
you did on the weekend.
Think about the best way to start,
how you should talk about what
you did and how to finish.

Parts of a Recount
Orientation
Who was involved
What happened
Where the event took place
When when or how did it happen

Parts of a Recount
Events
In order of how and when they happened
Use past tense (had, ate, went)
FIRST PERSON (I, we if you were involved
THIRD PERSON (if you were not involved)
**Use transition words like, First, then, finally
**

Parts of a Recount
Re Orientation
Briefly summarize what happened

Recount or Not a
Recount?
Percy stepped through the magic
doorway. As the orange light
flowed over his body, he felt
himself being transported to
Calbora, the distant planet he had
come to know so well.

A T
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N OU
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Recount or Not a
Recount?

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It was a cold and rainy when I woke


up on Saturday, but it didnt matter
we were going to Disneyland!
Well, we wouldnt be there until the
next day, but my Mum, Dad,
brother and I couldnt wait. Half an
hour later, after breakfast, Dad
started to pack the car.

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Recount or Not a
Recount?
Winter arrives in Antarctica in
March. The continent is in the
Southern Hemisphere and has
seasons that are opposite those in
the north. Emperor penguins are
the largest of the 17 species, or
kinds, of penguins, and they spend
their entire lives on Antarctic ice

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WALT : Identify features of a


recount
Chronological order sequential
words : Then, later, next, ten
minutes later, after that
Usually first person, sometimes
third person
Past tense
Descriptive language
Introductiondetailsconclusion

WALT : Identify features of a


recount
Find examples of these features in
the example recounts. Underline in
the colours shown:
Chronological order words - red
First or third person - green
Past tense (6 examples) - blue
Descriptive language brown or
pencil

Starter Describing times of


day
Put these times in order. Can
you think of more?
When I
woke
up
After
breakfa
st
Before
bedtim

At about
During
ten
lunch
oclock in
the
Whilst my
As the
morning
Dad
sun was
cooked
rising
dinner
In
the
middle
When I
of
the
woke

Structure of a Recount
INTRODUCTION 1 paragraph
MAIN TEXT at least 2 paragraphs
CONCLUSION 1 paragraph

Structure of a Recount
INTRODUCTION
This paragraph INTRODUCES the
recount.
It should be concise (short and
clear).

What?
Who?

What did they


do?

Where?

Who did the


activity?

Introduction

Where did this


take place?

5 Ws
When?

Why?

When did this


happen?

What was the purpose


of the activity?

WALT : Recognise the 5 Ws in


an introduction paragraph
Read the INTRODUCTION
paragraphs in the example recount.
In your books, write down the 5
Ws for each recount. You could
set
out
like this:
Class it
Trip
Recount
Who? :
What? :
When? :
Where? :
Why? :

WALT : Write the 5 Ws for an


introduction paragraph
Think about a recent holiday or day
out.
Make a list of the 5 Ws for that
day.

RECOUNTS

Starter What is good /


bad about this
introduction?
Last weekend, on Saturday
morning at ten oclock, I went with
my sister to the Sealife centre in
Birmingham. We had lunch there
and saw some amazing creatures. I
had wanted to visit the centre for
months, and I finally found the
time last weekend.

Write an introduction
paragraph about your day out /
holiday using the 5 Ws you
listed last lesson.
Read another persons work.
Underneath the work, write a
comment saying what you thought
was good.

Recount Goldilocks and the


Three Bears

WALt: Write an introduction


including the 5 Ws
Imagine that you are Goldilocks.
Write an introduction to a
recount of the incident with the
three bears. You will have to
make up some of the details.

Introduction = 5 Ws

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