Recounts are written to retell events with the purpose of either informing or
entertaining their audience (or with both purposes).
A recount usually consists of the following:
- a "scene setting" opening (orientation), "I went on a visit to the
- a retelling of the events as they occurred (events), "I sat with Sarah on
the bus"; and
- A closing statement (reorientation), "When we got back from the trip we
wrote about it."
It is usually written
Go back to the introduction
- in the past tense,
- in chronological order, and
- focusing on individual participants using doing or action clauses.
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