In an Event Recount, you will demonstrate or develop your awareness of the motives and/or the behaviour of people. Most Event Recounts are recounts of historical events or personal experiences, or pieces of creative writing. They would usually consist of a description and comments about a chronological sequence of events. The description is normally  factual, whereas the commentary analyses and evaluates.

A typical structure of an Event Recount is:

Introduction

Description of context and introduction to events.

Chronological Sequence of Events Event 1: Description & commentary
Event 2: Description & commentary
Event 3: Description & commentary
...

Conclusion

Summary of comments

Examples of Event Recounts include:

  • accident report
  • account of literature search
  • account of website search
  • biography
  • short story
  • plot synopsis
  • reflective recount
  • report on a disease outbreak

The following tasks will help you understand better about the structure of Event Recounts.

Task 1

Look at the typical structure of an Event Recount above. Drag the stages into the correct order - put the first one at the top.

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Task 2

Several different types of Event Recount are shown above: accident report, account of literature search, account of website search, biography, short story, plot synopsis, reflective recount, and report on a disease outbreak. Look at Example 1. Which type is represented here?

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Task 3

The main section of an Event Recount is usually a Chronological Sequence of Events. Put the following events from Emily Wilding Davison's life in Example 1 into chronological order. Put the earliest at the top.

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Task 4

The main section of an Event Recount is usually a Chronological Sequence of Events. Put the following political events in Example 1 into chronological order. Put the earliest at the top.

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Task 5

The Chronological Sequence of Events stage of an Event Recount includes Description & Commentary. The description is factual and the commentary is based on opinion. Group the following statements from Example 1 according to whether they are fact or opinion.

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Task 6

Read Example 2. Match the paragraphs in Example 2 to the stages outlined above.

 

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Task 7

Look at the Chronological Sequence of Events section in Example 2. Put the topics in order chronologically - put the earliest at the top.

 

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