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Writing About Past Experience

In this worksheet, students learn how to help improve their understanding of writing about experience, generally in the past tense.

'Writing About Past Experience' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Purpose and Audience Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Recount writing retells past events. It aims to inform and entertain the reader.

Features of recount writing:

- Recounts start by setting the scene – What? Where? When? How?

- Events are in chronological order.

- They are written in the past tense and in active voice.

- They use time connectives e.g., after, then, next, meanwhile.

- They focus on people and events.

- They use first or third person point of view.

- They use technical language relevant to the subject.

- The closing statement should comment on or evaluate events.

Look at this article heading. Is this article likely to be recount writing? Choose Yes or No.

Victoria Beckham - My life in the hands of the media.

Yes

No

Read this opening sentence of this student's recount work:

 

The sun was setting as the explosion ripped through the sky. I was sitting in the cafe with Steph when it happened.

 

Match up the who, what, when, where questions with their answers from the sentence. 

 

Column A

Column B

Who?
An explosion
What?
Cafe
When?
Steph and I
Where?
Sunset

Read the opening of this student's recount work:

 

Although it was three years ago, I still remember it clearly. From the beginning of the match it was clear it was going to be close; Dad's nails were bitten down and Jed kept swearing under his breath. You could cut the tension across the stands with a knife. 

 

Answer the who, what, where, when questions from their work.

Column A

Column B

Who?
Wembley
What?
Football match
Where?
Three years ago
When?
Dad, Jed and I

Re-read the introduction with the conventions of recount writing in it (click on the Help button above). Why is the following sentence not recount writing?

 

After consideration of the facts, we have decided that you are not responsible for the theft of the pencil sharpener, after all.

Because it is in the second person.

Because it does not contain time connectives.

Because it does not answer who or when questions.

Read the following sentence, why is it not recount writing?

 

We'll meet in town at 6pm, by the clocktower, for a night of mayhem and madness!

 

It does not use time connectives.

It does not answer where or when questions.

It is not in the past tense.

Look at this article heading. Is this article likely to be recount writing? Choose Yes or No.

 

Local con-man tricks pensioners again.

Yes

No

Which one of the following forms of text is most likely to be recount writing?

Instructions on how to build a wall.

A letter to a friend.

A recipe for a fish pie.

An invitation to a party.

Which of the following forms of text is likely to be recount writing? (Choose THREE options).

a parking ticket

a police statement about an accident

an article about a school theatre trip

a holiday diary

Here are some statements about recount writing. Select those that are correct. (Choose THREE options)

Recounts normally start by setting the scene.

This is followed by a series of events, in the order that they happened.

There is a lot of dialogue in recount writing.

Recounts can be written in the 1st or 3rd person (I, we).

Recounts are often written in the 2nd person (you).

Recounts are designed to persuade the reader.

Read this student's recount writing. Fill in the missing word with a time connective beginning with M (write the WHOLE word in the box below).

 

The first policeman got out of the car and walked towards us. M_________, Jack hid the fake passports in a hole he's cut under the driver's seat.

  • Question 1

Look at this article heading. Is this article likely to be recount writing? Choose Yes or No.

Victoria Beckham - My life in the hands of the media.

CORRECT ANSWER
Yes
  • Question 2

Read this opening sentence of this student's recount work:

 

The sun was setting as the explosion ripped through the sky. I was sitting in the cafe with Steph when it happened.

 

Match up the who, what, when, where questions with their answers from the sentence. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Who?
Steph and I
What?
An explosion
When?
Sunset
Where?
Cafe
  • Question 3

Read the opening of this student's recount work:

 

Although it was three years ago, I still remember it clearly. From the beginning of the match it was clear it was going to be close; Dad's nails were bitten down and Jed kept swearing under his breath. You could cut the tension across the stands with a knife. 

 

Answer the who, what, where, when questions from their work.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Who?
Dad, Jed and I
What?
Football match
Where?
Wembley
When?
Three years ago
EDDIE SAYS
The recount writing is talking about a football match, so we can guess that it took place at Wembley Stadium.
  • Question 4

Re-read the introduction with the conventions of recount writing in it (click on the Help button above). Why is the following sentence not recount writing?

 

After consideration of the facts, we have decided that you are not responsible for the theft of the pencil sharpener, after all.

CORRECT ANSWER
Because it is in the second person.
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence contains the word "we", which shows that it is in the second person. The introduction states that recount writing is always in the first or third person.
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence, why is it not recount writing?

 

We'll meet in town at 6pm, by the clocktower, for a night of mayhem and madness!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It is not in the past tense.
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence refers to an event which is going to happen in the future, so it cannot be classed as recount writing.
  • Question 6

Look at this article heading. Is this article likely to be recount writing? Choose Yes or No.

 

Local con-man tricks pensioners again.

CORRECT ANSWER
Yes
  • Question 7

Which one of the following forms of text is most likely to be recount writing?

CORRECT ANSWER
A letter to a friend.
EDDIE SAYS
A letter to a friend is likely to talk about things that have happened in the past, if the person is writing to their friend to tell them about what has been happening in their life. The others are all likely to be written in the present or future tense.
  • Question 8

Which of the following forms of text is likely to be recount writing? (Choose THREE options).

CORRECT ANSWER
a police statement about an accident
an article about a school theatre trip
a holiday diary
  • Question 9

Here are some statements about recount writing. Select those that are correct. (Choose THREE options)

CORRECT ANSWER
Recounts normally start by setting the scene.
This is followed by a series of events, in the order that they happened.
Recounts can be written in the 1st or 3rd person (I, we).
  • Question 10

Read this student's recount writing. Fill in the missing word with a time connective beginning with M (write the WHOLE word in the box below).

 

The first policeman got out of the car and walked towards us. M_________, Jack hid the fake passports in a hole he's cut under the driver's seat.

CORRECT ANSWER
Meanwhile
---- OR ----

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