Writing Recounts
In 1912, the British explorer, Captain Scott, led an expedition to Antarctica.

Writing Recounts

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on writing recounts. Writing recounts is about relating events or experiences.

In 1912, the British explorer, Captain Scott, led an expedition to Antarctica. The expedition was marked by tragedy - first, Scott and his men discovered that they'd reached the South Pole shortly after a Norwegian team arrived there first. After this disappointment, accidents, extreme weather and frostbite followed. None of the men returned. We are able to recount the story of Captain Scott though, because he kept a diary, which was later found. Diaries are one form of recount.

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  1. A diary entry should be written in which person?
    Diary entries are written using 'I/me/my'. A recount written as a diary entry would be very different from a recount written as a newspaper report.
  2. Whose feelings and opinions could be included in a newspaper report?
    A newspaper report should not include the feelings and opinions of the reporter.
  3. Which of these is NOT an example of a recount?
    A diary will recount the day's events chronologically.
  4. Which of these connectives are you most likely to find in a recount?
    These are known as 'sequencing' connectives. Sequencing connectives are essential to writing about the order in which events occurred. Other connectives may also be used, but are not essential.
  5. What is a recount?
    The prefix 're-' is like that of 'relate', 'recall', 'retell' and 'remember' - these actions are all involved in a recount.
  6. Events in a recount should be written in which order?
    Events should be written in chronological order, or the order in which they happened.
  7. A recount is written in the ____.
    A recount will use the pronouns 'I', 'we' or 'he', 'she', 'they'. Often it will use both first and third person.
  8. Adding a few vivid details to a recount makes it ____.
    Adding some vivid detail makes it easier for your reader to imagine the events.
  9. The introduction to a recount usually sets the scene. What does this mean?
    The introduction usually answers a few of these questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?
  10. Which tense is used in a recount?
    Because a recount tells the story of something which has already happened, it is written in the past tense.

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