Definition of Recount Text
Recount means “to tell.” So recount text can be interpreted as “Text that tells”. Its goal is to entertaining or informing the reader. But Inside Recount Text there is no complication just like in Narrative Text.
Generic Structure of Recount Text
# Orientation : tells who was involved, what happened, where the events took place, and when it happened.
# Events : tell what happened in chronological sequence.
# Re-orientation : consists of optional-closure of events / ending.
Purpose of Recount Text
The purpose of a recount is to list and describe past experiences by retelling events in the order in which they happened. Recounts are written to retell events with the purpose of either informing or entertaining their audience (or both).
In a simple word the purpose of recount text is to retell past experience.
Language Features of Recount Text
– Using the simple past tense, past continuous tense, past perfect tense, and past perfect continuous tense.
– Using temporal sequence, e.g. On Saturday. On Monday, On Sunday
– Focus on specific participant, e.g. I (the writer)
– Using the conjunctions, such as: then, before, after, etc.
– Using action verb, e.g. went, stayed
Example of Recount Text about School
Came Late to School
Last Wednesday, I came late to my school because I played playstation untill 2.00 am in the night. Because that I woke up late.
I woke up about 6.30 am and the class would be began at 7.00 am. I ran to bathroom to take a bath. I usually had a breakfast after took a bath, but in that day I did not do that.
I always went to school by my motorcycle. But in that day, I forgot where I put the key. So, I went to the school by public transportation. It made me took a longer time. I arrived at school at 7.15 am, I ran to my class but I saw my teacher has stood in front of the class to teach. I entered to my class and of course my teacher was angry to me because I came late.
It was my bad experience and I hoped I would not do that again.