Purpose : to retell, share the past event/experience. To tell the readers what happen in the past though a sequence of events.

Generic Structur :
Personal Recount;
– Orientation
(who were involved in the story, when, and where)
– Events
(tell what happened in a chronological order)
– Evaluation
(comments of the writer/speaker about the experience)
– Re-orientation (optional)
(the conclusion of the experience)

Factual Recount;
– Orientation
(who were involved in the story, when, and where)
– Events
(tell what happened in a chronological order)

Language Features :
K The use of nouns and pronouns
(e.g: David, me, his)

K The use of action verbs
(e.g: went, spent, played)

K The use of past tenses
(e.g: We went for a trip to the zoo)

K The use of time conjunction
(e.g: and, but, after, finally)

K The use of adverbs and adverbs of phrases
(e.g: in my house, two days ago, slowly, cheerfully)

K Adjectives
(beautiful, sunny)

Example Text :

Maya Gazali

Maya Gazali was born in Palu. She grew up in a small village. She began school when she was six years old. She went to elementary school, but she didn’t go to high school. Her family was very poor, and she had to go to work when she was thirteen years old. She worked on an assembly line in a shoe factory.
When Maya was seventeen years old, her family moved to West Java. First, they lived in Bogor, and then they moved to Bandung. When Maya arrived in Java, she wasn’t very happy. She missed her friends back in Palu and she didn’t speak like other children. She began to learn to speak like other children, and she practiced with her new friends at the factory in Bandung.
Maya also studied hard. She learned English, and after a few months she got a job as a secretary. Now Maya still studies at night, but now she studies advertising at a business school. She wants to work for an advertising company some day and write commercials. Maya still misses her friends back home, but she communicates with them very often over the Internet. She’s very happy now, and she’s looking forward to an exciting future.
1. What is the text mainly about?
2. How was her childhood?
3. How old was she when her family moved to Java?
4. What does she do?
5. What is she studying now? Why?
6. What does she do to avoid missing her friends back home?
7. How does the writer start the text?
8. How does the text end?

A Tour to the Botanic Gardens by Nida

On Thursday 24 April, Year Eight students went to the Botanic Gardens. We walked down and got into the bus.
After we arrived at the gardens, we walked down to the Education Centre. We went to have a look around. First we went to the Orchid Farm and Mrs. Rita read us some of the information. Then we looked at all the lovely plants. After that we went down to a little spot in the Botanic Gardens and had morning tea.
Next we took some pictures and then we went back to the Education Centre to have lunch. After that we went for a walk.
A lady took us around and introduced herself, then she explained what we were going to do. Next she took us in to the green house. It was most interesting. Soon after we had finished we went back outside. Finally we got into the bus and returned to school. We were tired but happy.
1. What is the text about?
2. ‘We’ in the text above refer to ____
3. Did Nida tell what Year Eight students do?
4. When did they do it? Where?
5. What was the first thing they did when they arrived?
6. What did they do next?
7. Who do you think Mrs. Rita was?
8. What did she do?
9. Where did Year Eight go next?
10. How did they return to school?





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