• Hi! I am sure you all have ever read a letter. Have you ever wondered when you read a letter you find that it is similar with other texts like biographies/autobiographies, postcards, writes-up of a trip or activity, newspaper reports, diaries, journals, magazine article, or historical events.? Are you aware that they also have a similar structure and language features?

    Those texts are called recount. A recount text usually tells what happened or retell events. It retells events in a chronological way. In non-fiction texts, recounts are used to create factual accounts of events (either current or historical). Recounts can also entertain and/or inform.In other words, recounts can be personal, factual or imaginative.

    1. Personal recount – retelling an activity that the writer has been personally involved in and may be used to build the relationship between the writer and the reader e.g. anecdote, diary journal, personal letter
    2. Factual recount – reporting the particulars of an incident by reconstructing factual information e.g. police reconstruction of an accident, historical recount, biographical and autobiographical recounts
    3. Imaginative recount – applying factual knowledge to an imaginary role in order to interpret and recount events e.g. A Day in the Life of a Roman Slave, How I Discovered Radium
    4. Procedural recount – recording the steps in an investigation or experiment and thereby providing the basis for reported results or findings
    5. Literary recount – to retell a series of events for the purpose of entertaining

    To help you understand a recount text, I will write the structure and the language features in my next post.


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