Today I'm going to share some examples about Recount Text. As we know, this text is very popular in our life, Recount text may be our note, personal diary, or social activity. First what is Recount text?
Let me answer with simple one, Recount Text is a text which retells events or experiences in the past chronologically. This text describes about the writer's personal experience which truly happens in his or her life. The experience may be horror, fun, etc.
The purpose or the social function of Recount text is to retell or to inform the reader about what was happened to the writer with series of events.
The generic structures of Recount Text:
- Orientation : In orientation, the paragraph usually introduces the participants, who are being involved in the text.
- Events : Usually there are many events may be occurred in Recount text, events may be started in the first paragraph, so it is not always started in the second paragraph. The events usually started with time signals, such as; first, second, then, finally, etc.
- Reorientation : It is the closure of the events. Reorientation is optional, some text may not include this. If there is, usually in the last paragraph.
The language features of Recount Text
Language features is a characteristic of a text, to make it is easily recognized, what tense is used, and so on.
- Introducing the participants
- Using chronological conjunctions, such as; first, second, then, etc.
- Using action verb, such as; went, arrived, ate, jumped, etc
- The important one is, using simple past tense.
The examples of Recount Text:
A Day Visit to Yogyakarta
Last week, I went to Yogyakarta with my family. My father drove the car. My mother sat beside him. My sister and I sat in the back seats.
We woke up early in the morning. My father prepared the car in the garage while mother was preparing food for breakfast and some snacks for us. My sister and I packed some clothes. After everything got ready and we had our breakfast, we left the house at six o'clock.
It was about nine A.M. We arrived at Yogyakarta. First of all we visited our uncle. We stayed there for an hour. Then we went to Parangtritis beach. We got there at eleven o'clock. There were a lot of tourists because it was holiday. I saw many foreign visitors too. My parents watched us playing with sand in the beach. We did not swim and take a bath since the wave was rough. After having lunch, we went on our picnic to the museum and Malioboro shopping centre.
We drove back to Semarang at 7 o'clock and arrived home at ten. We were tired but happy.
A Bomb in Plane
I am used to travelling by air but only on one occasion I felt frightened. After taking foo, we flew low over the city. It slowly wen high to the sky.
But suddenly it turned round and flew back to the airport. An air-hostess told us to keep calm and to get off the place quietly as soon as it landed. After we landed, the police searched the plane carefully. Everybody on board was worried and we grew curious about what was happening.
Later, we learned that there was a very important person on board. Earlier, somebody told the police that there was a bomb on the plane. Fortunately, they did not find a bomb and five hours later we were able to take off again.
Last Saturday, I woke up early. I didn't get up from my bed because there was no school. Suddenly, my telephone rang. It was my friend, Fanny. She asked me to go out at 10.00 o'clock. She wanted to buy something in the traditional market. So I hopped from the bed and headed to the shower.
Finally, we were out. In the street, I saw a piece of pink paper. I took it and we read it. We were shocked, it was a voucher for a four night tour to Lombok. The expired date was that day. To our surprised, the name was Fenita and the birth date was exactly the same as Fanny, my friend, and it was also valid for two persons. My God! We were thinking that maybe the paper just fell from the sky for us.
We were hurried to the tour agency that issued the voucher. The tour agency took care of everything. We went home and still couldn't believe what was going on. Two days later we were on the Senggigi Beach, Lombok.
Well, I think that's it for Recount text, I will post more examples later. And hopefully for teachers this will help them in designing appropriate material about Recount text, and for students they can understand what is the definition and its purpose, and what are the characteristics of it.
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A student sent me an email, asking my help to check a recount writing. For more information about a recount, you may visit this website: Recount Writing.
The original essay:
Last holiday , my friend and I went on a trip at Ulu Ayam Waterfall.We gathered at bust station early in the morning. The journey there took an hour and half. It was my first trip together with my friend.
Everyone was so excited with this trip. We brought the snacks and drinks from home. Upon arriving there we we're serve by the scenic view of hills and forests. It,s really make me impressed. The bird chirping and the sound of the waterfall made me feel in peace. Ulu Ayam Waterfall was a famous for its beautiful recreation park among tourists.
We do many things there . We hiked the hills, swimming at the waterfalls and many else. As we swam at the waterfall, suddenly rain started pouring. We ran to find a safe shelter. It, s funny and fun to see a few of my friends run trying to save the foods that had been wet because of the rain.
After a few minutes, the rain stop pouring. We had a small barbecue near the waterfalls. We rested for a while after eating. Before we went home we hiked up the hills . We found many unique fauna like a wild orchid. We went home in the evening. We feel really sad leaving the Ulu Ayam Waterfall . While in the bus, we all agreed to come again there. Although it was tiring, it was a precious and fun trip.
The corrected essay:
Last holiday, my friends and I went on a trip at Ulu Yam Waterfall.We gathered at the bus station early in the morning. The journey there took an hour and half. It was our
my first trip together with my friend.
Everyone was so excited with this trip. We brought the snacks and drinks from home. Upon arriving there we we're captivated by the scenic view of hills and forests. The beautiful scenery impressed me. The chirping of birds and the sound of the waterfall made me feel at peace. Ulu Ayam Waterfall was famous for its beautiful recreation park among tourists.
We do many things there. We hiked the hills, swam at the waterfalls and many more. As we swam at the waterfall, suddenly the rain started pouring. We ran to find a safe shelter. Itwas funny and fun to see a few of my friends runningand trying to save the foods that had been wet because of the rain. (..the food was wet because of the rain.)
After a few minutes, the rain stopped pouring. We had a small barbecue near the waterfalls. We rested for a while after eating. Before we went home, we hiked up the hills. We found many unique flora like a wild orchid. We went home in the evening. We felt really sad leaving the Ulu Ayam Waterfall. While in the bus, we agreed to come again there. Although it was tiring, it was a precious and fun trip.
Band/Mark: C – 14
Comment: Not bad. Need to work on your grammar. Keep writing. You’ll improve.
1) The meaning of "together with"
- in addition to
- in association with
- to give (food or drink) to someone at a meal, in a restaurant, etc.
3) feel in peace is incorrect.
- Correction: feel at peace or feel peaceful
4) We hiked the hills, swam at the waterfalls and many more
Explanation: Use the same tense.
- We hiked the hills, swam at the waterfall, played ball, collected pebbles and had a picnic. (for this essay, a correct sentence structure uses all past tense verbs)
- We hiked the hills, swimming at the waterfall, played ball, collecting pebbles and had a picnic. (this is an incorrect sentence structure because different tenses are used)
5) Be consistent:
- How many waterfalls are there in Ulu Yam?
- If there is only one, write "waterfall".
- If there are more than one, write "waterfalls".