Writing a recount is usually the first piece of writing that primary school children complete. Most students find writing about their own experiences an easy concept to understand, but many kids struggle to evolve from writing single sentences to creating a well structured piece of writing. This is where graphic organisers can come in to save the day!
A graphic organiser helps students to plan the different parts of their writing (paragraphs) by breaking a recount down into simple parts that are easy to understand. As a teacher I have encountered many students who struggle with this transition.I've seen first how students, particularly those with learning difficulties, can gain confidence and a clear understanding of what they need to do by using a visual planner such as the 'Writing A Recount' organiser.
A different page is dedicated to each of the three paragraphs in a recount; establishing the setting, recounting the main events and evaluating the experience. Students fill out each page and then a summary is created to help them begin their piece of writing. Each page is highly visual and can be read aloud to the students. If students are having trouble finding the right words they can reference the 'Word Bank' for help.