Recount Writing Topic Guide

Texts that describe an event that has already happened are known as recounts. In our everyday life, we read lots of recounts; newspaper reports, letters, and biographies, for example.

Recounts can tell people about an event if they weren’t there and they want to know all about it. They can also be used to remind the writer what happened.

Teach your children about recount writing using our handy topic guide!

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Teaching Ideas

  • This recount template for winter break can be adapted for your own use at any time of year.
  • Find a report of an incident in your local area and ask children to write it as a recount.
  • Write a witness statement for a historical event, or an event in the book you are reading.
  • Write a diary entry.
  • Ask children to review their work and check that the reader can answer all of these questions from the text: Who, what, when, where, why?
  • Give children copies of a recount to analyse; how do you know it is a recount? What features does a recount have?
  • Collect words that are useful in a recount, such as time connectives and causal connectives.


The Recount Writing Pack

Recount Facts

  • A recount is a text that describes events that have happened in the past.
  • Recounts are written in the past tense, as they describe events that have already happened.
  • Recounts are written in chronological order.
  • First or third person can be used in a recount, depending on whether it is told by someone who was there or not.


How to write recounts with Michael Rosen

Author Michael Rose shares his top tips about writing recounts.

Running time: 4:49


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This popular series is a good way in to recounts.

On the Way Home

This classic picture book recounts how Claire got her bad knee.

At the Dump

This simple text is useful for younger writers.

Marcus Rashford

This biography of Marcus Rashford is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series.

Recounts for Ages 5-7

A useful guide for younger writers.

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