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

Writing Recounts

Take on the KS2 English challenge! This quiz is all about writing recounts. Recounts are like telling stories about things that happened.

In 1912, Captain Scott, a brave explorer, went to Antarctica. It didn't go well - he reached the South Pole too late. Bad things happened like accidents and frostbite. Sadly, none of his team came back. Luckily, Captain Scott wrote a diary, so we can still know his story. Diaries are a way of doing recounts.

Test what you know about recount-writing with this quiz!

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1.
Which of these is NOT an example of a recount?
A police report.
A recipe.
A diary entry.
A newspaper report.
A diary will recount the day's events chronologically.
2.
Events in a recount should be written in which order?
In order from most to least important.
Chronological order.
Random order.
Alphabetical order.
Events should be written in chronological order, or the order in which they happened.
3.
A diary entry should be written in which person?
First.
Second.
Third.
None of the above.
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.
4.
Adding a few vivid details to a recount makes it ____.
fictional
change tense
tedious for the reader
more interesting for the reader
Adding some vivid detail makes it easier for your reader to imagine the events.
5.
Whose feelings and opinions could be included in a newspaper report?
The reporter's.
The observers' (those who witnessed the events).
The participants' (those involved in the events).
The observers' and participants'.
A newspaper report should not include the feelings and opinions of the reporter.
6.
Which tense is used in a recount?
Past.
Present.
Future.
Passive only.
Because a recount tells the story of something which has already happened, it is written in the past tense.
7.
Which of these connectives are you most likely to find in a recount?
Firstly, secondly, lastly.
Additionally, similarly, however.
Furthermore, in addition, moreover.
First, then, next, meanwhile.
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.
8.
A recount is written in the ____.
first person only.
second person only.
third person only.
first or third person.
A recount will use the pronouns 'I', 'we' or 'he', 'she', 'they'. Often it will use both first and third person.
9.
The introduction to a recount usually sets the scene. What does this mean?
The introduction gives stage directions.
The introduction lists the contents of the recount.
The introduction mentions who was involved and where the events happened.
The introduction tells the reader everything that happened.
The introduction usually answers a few of these questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?
10.
What is a recount?
An account of an experience or events.
An explanation of how something works.
A list of steps to follow.
A funny fictional story.
The prefix 're-' is like that of 'relate', 'recall', 'retell' and 'remember' - these actions are all involved in a recount.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - How to write a recount

Author:  Sheri Smith

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