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Understand the Features of Biographies

In this worksheet, students consider the language conventions and grammatical features of personal or experiential texts.

'Understand the Features of Biographies' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Awareness of Structure and Purpose

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A recount is a text that retells an event such as a school trip, football match or holiday. Biographies and auto-biographies are also examples of recounts.

 

Recounts often include the following features.

 

1) An introductory sentence sets the scene.

On Friday our football team played a match against our main rivals.

 

2) Events are related in chronological order (the order in which they happened).

 

3) Recounts are written in the past tense.

 

4) They can be written in the first or the third person.

 

5) They often answer these questions: who? what? where? when? how? why?

 

6) They can include descriptive language and opinions.

 

7) They often contain sequencing connectives (e.g. first, next, then, finally).

 

8) They may end with a summary or a comment on the events.

It was the best trip I have ever been on.

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A description of the life cycle of a butterfly is a recount.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A recount may finish with a summary of the events that have been described.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The first sentence of a recount usually sets the scene.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Recounts are always written in the first person.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Some recounts are written in the future tense.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Events should be in the correct order in a recount text.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Descriptive language is never used in recount writing.

true

false

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A recount can never be fiction.

true

false

Which type of connectives are particularly useful for recounting events in chronological order?

comparing and contrasting connectives

qualifying connectives

sequencing connectives

cause and effect connectives

Which of the following are examples of recounts? Tick two boxes.

a description of the life of a famous person who has just died

a poster advertising the school play next week

an invitation to a party

an account of a cricket match

a text explaining how a hovercraft works

  • Question 1

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A description of the life cycle of a butterfly is a recount.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Let's do this! A description of the life cycle of a butterfly is an example of a non-chronological report.
  • Question 2

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A recount may finish with a summary of the events that have been described.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Yes this is true. Often recounts end with a summary and conclude what has been described in the recount. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 3

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The first sentence of a recount usually sets the scene.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
The first sentence usually introduces the topic being discussed and sets out the main ideas to the reader.
  • Question 4

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Recounts are always written in the first person.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
This is false. Recounts can be written in either the first or the third person. You've got this!
  • Question 5

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Some recounts are written in the future tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
This is definitely false. A recount is a retelling of an event, so it must have already happened!
  • Question 6

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Events should be in the correct order in a recount text.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Great job! A timeline is very important in a recount. Events should be described and laid out in the order that they occurred.
  • Question 7

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Descriptive language is never used in recount writing.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Descriptive language is often used in recounts. Adding description can help the writer explain in more detail and it adds interest to the reader. Keep it up super star!
  • Question 8

Read the following statement about recounts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A recount can never be fiction.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
An account of a journey to Mars is a type of recount even though it didn't really happen.
  • Question 9

Which type of connectives are particularly useful for recounting events in chronological order?

CORRECT ANSWER
sequencing connectives
EDDIE SAYS
Sequencing connectives such as: 'next', before, 'finally' and 'meanwhile' can all help the writer to place events in the order that they happened.
  • Question 10

Which of the following are examples of recounts? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
a description of the life of a famous person who has just died
an account of a cricket match
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Both these options are explaining to the reader a series of events that happened over a period of time.
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