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The recount book. Sue Palmer. recount text. * retells events. * in time order. (chronological). Blank version. These texts are often recounts…. write-up of a trip or activity. newspaper report. letter. biography. diary or journal. r ecount. non-fiction. magazine article.

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The recount book

Therecount book

Sue Palmer


The recount book

recount text

* retells events

* in time order

(chronological)

Blank version


The recount book

These texts are

often recounts…

write-up of a trip or activity

newspaper report

letter

biography

diary or journal

recount

non-fiction

magazine article

encyclopaedia entry


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recount organisation

events in time order

what happened in the end?

when?

where?

conclusion

introduction

why was it significant?

neat last line

who?

what?

When you have made your time-line skeleton, use another colour to chop it into paragraphs.

Blank version


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recount language features

* past tense

Next…

Then…

* named people, places, things

Meanwhile…

Several weeks later…

* first or third person

Soon afterwards…

Within hours…

* time connectives

After a while…

Finally…

Look out also for conjunctions like when, while, as, after.


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Impersonal recounts

Audience

general reader with some interest in the subject

* newspaper report

* magazine article

* non-fiction book

Purpose

to inform and entertain

* biography


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Personal recounts

Audience

known reader or self (or posterity)

* letter

* diary or journal

* write-up of a trip or activity

Purpose

to record, reflect, entertain


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Lively recount writing

Try using:

* vary your

* powerful verbs

- sentence length

- sentence openings

- sentence type

(use occasional questions or exclamations)

* quotations

* try to link your last line back to the introduction.

Watch out for these and other recounts in the texts you read


When writing with a partner

When writing with a partner..

REHEARSE

*

Say each phrase or sentence aloud

*

Improve if possible

WRITE

One writes,

one helps.

RE-READ

Read back to check it makes sense


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‘Skeleton’

blanks


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Recount text

Back to original


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Recount organisation

Back to original


Alternative skeleton note taking frameworks

Alternative ‘skeleton’ note-taking frameworks


Diary strip

Diary strip


Clock face

Clock face


Flow chart

Flow chart


Cards on a washing line

Cards on a washing line


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Examples of

‘skeletons’

in use

Taken from ‘How to teach Writing Across the Curriculum’ (KS1/2) by Sue Palmer, with many thanks to David Fulton Publishers


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MY LIFE SO FAR

My name is Jessica Martin and I am six years old. I live in York with my mum and my little brother Baz. This is the story of my life so far.

I was born at St Mary’s Hospital on 19th December, 1997. I was a good baby and I did not keep Mum awake at night. When I was 3, Baz was born. He was not a good baby! He cried all the time and kept us all awake.

Not long after Baz was born, I started at playgroup and met my best friend Hannah. We had lots of fun playing in the house and dressing up. At the age of 4, I had chicken pox. It made me very itchy and Mum dabbed my spots with pink medicine.

Soon after that, I started school. Hannah and I were in Mrs Robinson’s class. It was fun because we played all day. Next we went into Mrs Bennett’s class. That was when I learned to read and write. Mrs Bennett read us lots of stories.

Last September I moved up into Mr Long’s class, and now I am learning my times tables

Skeleton


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Recount organisation

name

age

Y1 – Mrs Bennett

Baz born

born

chicken pox

1

2

3

4

5

6

introduction

St Mary’s Hospital

started playgroup – met Hannah

Y2 – Mr Long

family

where she was

started school – Mrs Robinson

Text


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(personal)

A trip to the Eden Project

Last Friday, our class travelled in the school bus to visit the Eden project in Cornwall. It was a long ride to get there so we had to be at school an hour early, at eight o’clock. We brought our breakfast to eat on the bus.

When we arrived at the Eden Project, we could tell it was a big attraction by the size of the car parks, which were carefully laid out and named after fruits – we were in Plum Car Park. As we walked down, we could see the Eden Projects buildings – two enormous plastic domes, built in a dip in the ground.

Mrs Jeffries told us they were called ‘biomes’ and the dip used to be a claypit, where men had dug out the clay to use for making pots. We spent our morning going round the biomes, looking at the plants. One is kept very warm inside and filled with tropical plants like rubber trees, bamboo, spices, coconuts and pineapples. There are also displays of buildings and gardens from tropical countries. The other biome is not so warm and among the plants there are oranges, lemons, grapes and olives.

We had our lunch in the exhibition centre, where we watched a video about ‘The making of Eden’. The Eden Project was built to show how humans and plants depend upon each other and it cost millions of pounds to build. Next we had a talk about the plants. A lady explained how you get cocoa beans and cocoa milk from a pod and use them to make chocolate.

We were allowed to look in the shop and spend two pounds. I bought some stickers and a postcard of a man building the biomes. Finally, it was time for the long ride home. We were back by half past three, just in time for the bell.

Skeleton


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(personal)

rubber, bamboo, spices, coconuts, pineapple

trip round

tropical biome

what

who

return journey

Video ‘Making of Eden’

arrive

8.00am

lunch

shop £2

3.30

breakfast on journey

see biomes

intro

Talk - cocoa, chocolate

Exhibition centre

home

School

car park

where

trip round

cooler biome

when

oranges, lemons, grapes, olives

Text


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(impersonal)

A taste of Paradise

“All this way to see plants grow in a greenhouse!” After hours watching rain stream by the bus windows on the long road to Cornwall last Friday, Year 5 was feeling less than enthusiastic about visiting the Eden Project. Yet as the children made their way across the vast car parks, catching their first glimpse of two huge plastic ‘biomes’ in a gigantic crater, they began to change their minds.

The Eden Project is the largest greenhouse in the world, big enough to hold the Tower of London and housing more than 135,000 plants. In the humid tropical biome, Year 5 found themselves wandering through a stifling heat beside a tropical waterfall. They saw plants they knew – bananas, pineapples, mangoes, cocoa, rice – not picked and packed on supermarket shelves, but alive and growing. They saw plants they didn’t know and hadn’t dreamed of. They began to realise how much human beings depend on nature for all their basic needs – food, drink, shelter, clothing – and luxuries – sweets, cosmetics, sports gear…

In the warm temperate biome, the heat was gentler and the air filled with the scent of lemons. Here they saw the plants of California and the Mediterranean: olives, vines, tobacco, cotton, cork and mouth-watering fruit and vegetables. Outside, on the slopes leading up to the exhibition hall, were the familiar plants of the cool temperate zone, and the familiar weather – still raining!

After lunch, there was a film about the building of Eden and a talk from the education department…and then the long drive home. But now as the rain beat down and the windows steamed up, Year 5 could close their eyes and remember Paradise. The scents of jasmine, ginger and pineapple; the sultry tropical heat; the rainbow colours of wild, exotic flowers. Some plants; some greenhouse!

Skeleton


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(impersonal)

Cornwall

Y5

arrive at Eden Project

lunch

long bus

journey

tropical

biome

warm temperate

and outside

afternoon

activities

journey home

Intro

Eden Project

Last Friday

Text


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