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Recount Text Type

 

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Recount

Purpose A recount provides information about what happened, when it happened, where it happened and who was involved.

Structure The three parts of a recount are:

·          An orientation which provides details of who/what/when/where.

·          A series of paragraphs retell what has happened

A reorientation concludes the retelling of the events

 

Recount Scaffold 

Orientation – who, what, when, where………………………………

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Event 1………………………………………...…

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Event 2……………………………………………

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Event 3……………………………………………………

……………………………………………………

Reorientation –concludes retelling………………………………….............

Language features of a recount
Names of those involved – Tom, my sister, the next-door neighbour
Descriptive words – who, what, where, when, why – the puppets, in the sleeping city, after a few minutes, to find their way
Past tense – occurred, overturned, struggled
Time and sequence words to show order f events – then, next, finally
Examples of a recount
Newspaper reports, diary entries, interviews, conversation, letters
References:
Greef, C. (1995). Summary of school text types in science [Draft]. Disadvantaged Schools Program
Anderson, M. & Anderson, K. (1997). Text types in English 1. Macmillan: South Yarra.
Anderson, M. & Anderson, K. (1997). Text types in English 2. Macmillan: South Yarra.
Literacy Committee, St Andrew’s Cathedral School