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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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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.
Adding a few vivid details to a recount makes it ____.
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.
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?
Which tense is used in a recount?
Passive only.
Because a recount tells the story of something which has already happened, it is written in the past tense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A diary entry should be written in which person?
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.


Author:  Sheri Smith

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