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All non-fiction text types cover have the same five key issues to look at. These are: Audience Purpose Examples Typical structure Typical language features.

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2 All non-fiction text types cover have the same five key issues to look at. These are: Audience Purpose Examples Typical structure Typical language features A recount tells us about something that has happened. It is written for someone who wants to know what has happened.

3 The recount writing skeleton looks like this. They flew from Cardiff They arrived at their hotel They visited some biblical sites They walked around the countryside It is used for retelling events in chronological order. St. John’s Sunday School group travelled to Israel They returned home safely

4 There are lots of different types of recount. A write up of a trip or activity An account of something historical A newspaper article telling us about something that has happened A letter to someone about an event A diary or ‘blog’ (website diary) An encyclopaedia entry A biography or autobiography An account of a science experiment

5 Let’s look at the five key areas of a recount. The ‘Organisation Toolkit’. The ‘Recounts Language Toolkit’. There are two ‘tool kits’ we need to write recounts. Typical language features Past tense. First or third person, time connectives Purpose To tell the reader what has happened in an interesting and informative way Examples Autobiography, newspaper article, history book Typical Structure Paragraphs that are organised in chronological order Audience Someone who is interested in what has happened

6 Remember to… Write a title to interest the reader Write an introduction that sets the scene. You could try to answer the questions who?, what?, where?, when? and why? And convince the reader to read on. Write about events in paragraphs organised in chronological order. Choose details that are amusing, interesting, exciting or significant to interest the reader. Start each paragraph with a topic sentence Write a conclusion. This could comment on what had happened or say something about how the people involved felt.

7 Remember to… Write in the past tense except for present circumstances and feelings Use time connecting phases (after the flight, during the first three days etc.) Include the names of the people and places involved. Write accurate descriptions (e.g. three stone pillars; white cotton sheets) Use either the first person (personal account) or the third person (impersonal account) Use direct quotes or reported speech, if possible, where relevant

8 Let’s look at the recount writing skeleton once more. Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 4 IntroductionConclusion Now try to use this in your writing.

9 Presentation by Bev Evans, 2008, Clip art ©Philip Martin, available from


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