Writing Recounts
Let me tell you how I became a lawyer.

Writing Recounts

If you wanted to retell a true event or experience, you would write a 'recount': it can be written in the first or third person. For example, in 'Sea and Sardinia', the author D. H. Lawrence recounts his brief excursion to the island of Sardinia in 1921.

There are a great many recount books on the market. Next time you are in a library or bookshop, see how many you can spot. Even in the larger supermarkets, there is usually a book aisle with famous people's autobiographies. A book about the life of a well-known footballer or TV celebrity and how they came to be famous would be in the form of a recount - even if it was written by another person.

Do this 11-plus English quiz and learn how to recognize when you can write a recount.

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  1. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount how Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt was discovered
  2. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount how the city fell (in 1453) and what happened to the inhabitants
  3. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount your experiences of life in the Foot Guards
  4. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount your experiences that led up to you becoming a lawyer
  5. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount the battles: what happened in the battles, who won and who lost
  6. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount your experiences and the difficulties you faced
  7. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You can recount your adventures and experiences
  8. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount Napoleon Bonaparte's life and death: his achievements, his failures, how he lived his life and how he died
  9. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount your experiences and how you eventually got over your fear of mice - squeak! squeak!
  10. Which one of the following topics could be written as a recount?
    You could recount your experiences of baking your first cake

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