This 28-page no-prep resource is designed to support students to write recounts.
First, we provide a simple scaffold or template that students can use to plan their recounts. We then provide some models of elementary, simple and intermediate recounts. Finally, we provide 10 recount cues supported by GIF-based video visuals and our recount scaffold to support students to plan then write their recounts.
Recounts give people descriptions of events, often personally experienced, e.g. by recounting what happened at a party, on a family trip, or at school (e.g. Hill et al., 2021). If you recount an event, you tell or describe it to other people (Collins, 2022).
As with narratives (stories), most recounts are event-based. They are organised chronologically, and contain cause-and-effect and other logical relationships. Learning to write recounts is an important academic skill required by most curricula, especially in the early years. For example, students are often required to write personal accounts and speeches (or “news”) based on real-life events.
Recounts include information required to orient a listener or reader, e.g. information about who, what, when, where and why. They often include “signal” or “transition” words like “first”, “then”, ”next”, and “finally”; as well as time-signalling words like “before”, “after”, while, and “until”.
To support people with additional language and learning needs, the cues feature topics that require a minimal amount of background knowledge, and the examples and scaffold are designed to help model and support students of all abilities.
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- Think, Then Write Foundations Bundle: writing simple and compound sentences
- Think, Then Write Volume 1: writing compound and complex sentences that require verbal reasoning
- Think, Then Write Volume 3: writing transitions and short reports expressing a personal opinion
- Think, Then Write Volume 4: writing narratives
- Think, The Write Volume 5: compare and contrast objects, to see things from more than one perspective, to brainstorm pros and cons on issues, and to make arguments for and against different topics
- Think, Then Write Volume 6: tackling short answer questions