RECOUNT TEXT ( Part II )
On Mother’s Dayby Mary
On Sunday it was Mother’s day. I woke up at 7:00. I wanted to make breakfast for mum. I wanted her to have breakfast in bed.
I got a present for mum and wrapped it up. I put a bow on it.
Then I went to the kitchen and made two pieces of toast. I put some butter and jam. I also made a cup of tea. Then I put everything on a tray.
Then I brought the breakfast to mum’s bed. I said, “Happy Mother’s day, Mummy.” And she said, “Thank you so much.”
Then my dad came and said, “You don’t have to cook on Mothers’ day”. So we went to Pizza Hut for dinner.
Activity 3Work in pairs to answer these questions:
- What was the story about?
- Who were in the story?
- Where did the story take place?
- When did the story happen?
- When was the Mothers’ Day?
- Why did the writer wake up at 7:00?
- Why did she make breakfast for his mother?
- What does the writer want with this text?
b. To tell the listeners how to do something
a. To describe something as it is
b. To explain why things happen
Here is another story about a personal experience telling past events. This time Mary wrote on a post-card for Anita, her pen friend. She wrote about her experience during her trip to Mount Bromo in East Java.
Before you read try to answer these questions.
o How does Mary begin her story?
o How does she make her story easy to follow?
o How does she end her story?
Read all about it.
Answer these questions.
1. Why did Mary write the letter?
2. Who did she write to?3. How many days did she go on the trip?
4. Where did they go?
5. Here are the words that Mary uses to tell the order of events. Find the words/phrases in Mary’s story and circle them.
in the afternoon on Saturday then on Friday on Sunday
6. Now, write these words in the order they appear in the story (recount).
7. Are the verbs in the present or past tense?
8. Write all the action verbs you find.
______________ _____________ ____________ _______
9. Mary wrote the events of the day in the order they happened.
Check her story again. Then number these sentences in their correct order.
_____ I went home on Saturday afternoon.
_____ I stayed at Nida’s house.
_____ We saw some cockatoos.
_____ I went to Mount Bromo in East Java.
_____ We took some pictures.
_____ Nida and I saw Gunung Batok with Nida.
10. At the end of Mary's recount she tells us what she thinks about the trip. This is called the reorientation.
11. Underline the sentences that make up the reorientation in Mary's story.
Discuss these questions in pairs.
· Have you ever gone on a study tour?
· Did you tell your experience to your Dad or Mum?
· Did you write a postcard to your friends?
· Did you also keep what you experienced in a diary?
· What places did you visit during your study tour?
· Did your teacher ask you to write a recount or story after the trip?
Activity 6Nida wrote about her school's trip to the Botanic Gardens for the school magazine. Read all about it.
a. Then, write the text structure of her recount on the space provided.
b. Answer these questions.
- What is the text about?
- ‘We’ in the text above refer to ___________________________________
- Did Nida tell what Year Seven students do?
- When did they do it? Where?
- What was the first thing they did when they arrived?
- What did they do next?
- Who do you think Mrs. Rita was?
- What did she do?
- Where did Year Seven go next?
- How did they return to school?
Now let’s study the text more closely. Discuss in groups of four.
1. The time conjunctions in the story are used to order the events.
Underline the time conjunctions in Nida's recount.
Then, write them down in the order they appear in the text.
__On Thursday 27 April ______________ _____________
_______________________ ______________ ______________
2. Why did Nida write the story to the school magazine?
3. Does she put the events in the story in the order they happened?
4. Circle the verbs that Nida uses to tell the events.
5. Do the verbs show the actions you can see?
6. Are the verbs present tense or past tense?
7. Which part of the text is meant to end her story?
8. What is it called?
Activity 8Discus these questions with a partner.
1. At the beginning of Nida’s recount, she told who the characters are, where the event took place and when it happened. This is called orientation.
Underline the answers to these questions in Nida’s recount.
· Who took part in this trip?
· When did it take place?
· Where did it take place?
2. How many sentences did Tina take for this orientation? ______________
3. In the next part of her story Nida tells the events during her trip one after another. She tells them in the order they happened. This makes her story easy to follow.
This part of the story is called event or series of events.
What are onions?
Nida wrote the events of the day in the order they happened.
4. Check his story again. Then number these sentences in their correct order.
We got on the bus and returned to school.
We went to a little spot to have morning tea.
We went around the farm to see beautiful orchids.
We walked down to the Education Centre.
We got on the bus to go to the Botanic Gardens.
We went back to the Education Centre to have lunch.
At the end of Nida's recount she tells us how the day ended. This is called the reorientation.
5. Underline the sentences that make up the reorientation in Nida's story.
Nida made her story more interesting by telling us what she thought or felt about different things she saw, for example, she says:
This is one of her personal comments on she experienced on that day.
6. Now read again Mary’s post-card to Anita above. Find all the personal comments from her recount. One Mary’s personal comment is given as an example.
___It has a big garden with lots of colourful flowers and a fishpond.____
What do you wear
on your head?
NOUNS THAT ALWAYS BEGIN WITH CAPITAL LETTERS
Activity 9All sentences begin with capital letters.
Some nouns always begin with capital letters although they do not appear at the beginning of a sentence.
a. List all the nouns in Nida’s story that begin with capital letter.
Thursday, April, Year Seven, …
These nouns are the special names given to
a. people (Mrs Rita, Year Seven, etc)
b. animals (Mickey Mouse, Teddy Bear, etc.)
c. places (the Botanic Gardens, Jakarta),
a. things (Thursday, Mars, etc).
b. With a partner find more nouns that always begin with capital letters. You may find them from the stories that you just heard or read.
What are daisies?