What is a recount?
Home learning focus
To understand what a recount is.
This lesson includes:
one video to help you understand recounts
one video to show you what a recount is
Watch this short clip to learn about what a recount is.
A recount is when you describe an event that you’ve experienced to someone who wasn’t there.
You could recount anything: a day at school, a sports game you took part in or even a dream you had.
How to write a recount
1. Write in the first person (I, me, my) because it happened to you.
For example: I felt excited.
2. Use the past tense because it has already happened.
For example: It was the biggest fish I had ever seen!
3. Write in chronological order (this means the order in which events actually happened). Use adverbs of time to show this, such as: firstly, next, then and finally.
4. Use descriptive words and expanded noun phrases to help your reader imagine what happened.
For example: The huge, silver fish was shiny and slippery.
5. Focus on the most exciting parts. You don’t need to include all the boring details.
You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Check how well you understood the video with this short activity.
Fill in the gaps so that each sentence makes sense.
Watch this video of 400m Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu describing how she became a top athlete.
She is recounting the events in her life which led her to her success.
Now watch the video again, but this time make some notes under these headings:
Me as a kid
Me and sport
You can print out the Notes Sheet to make notes on, or copy the headings out on paper.
Notes don’t have to be in full sentences. They should focus on just the main points.
Full sentence: Christine’s serious passion for sport started in high school when she joined the netball team and fell in love with the sport.
Note: High school = joined netball team, she loved it!
Now have a go at writing your own short recount.
Choose from one of the titles below.
- My life so far
- How I found my hobby
- A funny story from my life
Aim to write at least two paragraphs with at least four sentences in each.
Remember: This time you do need to write in full sentences.
write in first person
use the past tense
keep in chronological order (the order in which things really happened - adverbs of time help)
use descriptive words and expanded noun phrases
focus on the most exciting parts
When you've finished writing, you could read your recount to a friend or family member.