The Best 8 Short Examples of Recount Text in English

Before you are going on to read our best 8 short examples of recount text, you should understand the definition of recount text, the difference of recount text and narrative text. However if you are too busy to read them, you can step on the summary below.

Some linguists define the social function of recount text to retell events for the purpose of informing or entertaining readers. To reach that goal, recount text is arranged with generic structure as below:
1. Orientation : provides the setting and introduces participants
2. Events : tell what happened, in what sequence
3. Re-orientation : optional-closure of events

Well, from that summary, I think you have some knowledge background to be brought further to read the following best 8 short example of recount text. Here we go!

1. Watching Movie
Number 1 from best 8 examples of recount text
My sister and I went to see a film last night. It was an American movie called The Lost Flight. It showed how people can quickly change when they have to look after themselves in the jungle. It was an interesting film about a plane which crashed on a small empty island in the Pacific Ocean.
Although the passengers were safe, nobody knew where the plane had crashed. So the passengers had to learn how to hunt for food in the jungle and how to catch fish from the sea to eat. After a few weeks, the passengers were eating raw fish and meat.
After they had been on the island for two months, three of the men made a boat and sailed away to find help. But their boat sank and they were drowned.
The film ended without saying whether the passengers were rescued or not. But my sister and I enjoyed the film.

2. Travelling Around The World
Number 2 from best 8 examples of recount text

Deri saved his money and spent two months traveling around the world. He wrote his journey in his diary.
I spent a week in New York and then flew to London and enjoyed several weeks in Europe.
When I had seen the sights in Europe, I took a train to Istanbul and visited many places in Asia.
First, I flew from his home in Mexico City to New York City. After through Asia, I went to south America and finally back home to Indonesia.
Deri felt tired but he was very excited and wanted to travel again.

3. Going to School
Number 3 from best 8 examples of recount text

My mother got me ready for school then I had to wait for her to brush my hair and place every strand
in just the perfect position.
I had to show her my shoes that I had cleaned the night before and my school bag had to be neatly put on my shoulder before I could
get near the door. Only after my mother was totally satisfied, would I be allowed to rush out of the frontdoor.
I would leave home at 8 am on the dot and make my way down the lane. After a walk of about 700 metres I would be able to see the tall steeple of the
The playground would be full in the summer and the noise would make me want to rush into the yard and get into a good game of football before the bell

4. My Great Day of Proposing Girl
number 4 from best 8 examples of recount text

I woke up at about five o'clock yesterday. It wasn't a regular day, because I was about to propose a girl.
After praying and taking a bath, I had my early breakfast. At about nine o'clock I was in my office but my soul wasn't there. I was thinking about the lines that I had to say to her.
At one o'clock, I had my lunch but I wasn't enjoying it either. So, I practiced the lines to almost all girls I met at my lunch. Yes, I was a little bit crazy. Finally, it was three o'clock. I remembered all my lines. I wrapped my works and got ready to pick her up and of course proposed her.
I met her at four o'clock, took a little walk and went to a movie. At seven, we had a romantic dinner. I thought it was the perfect time to ask her to be my wife. Then I said the lines that I practiced the whole afternoon.
She smiled. I reached my pocket to get a ring and put it around her finger. Then she said "Yes." After driven her home I went back to my house.

5. My Bad Day on Sunday
Number 5 from best 8 examples of recount text

I had a terrible day yesterday.
First, I woke up an hour late because my alarm clock didn't go off. Then, I was in such a hurry that I burned my hand when I was making breakfast. After breakfast, I got dressed so quickly that I forgot to wear socks.
Next, I ran out of the house trying to get the 9:30 bus, but of course I missed it. I wanted to take a taxi, but I didn't have enough money.
Finally, I walked the three miles to my school only to discover that it was Sunday!
I hope I never have a day as the one I had yesterday.


6. Meeting a Star
Number 6 from best 8 examples of recount text

On Saturday morning at 9:30, I was walking down Sunda Street, looking for a record store.
A man stopped me and asked me the way to the Hyatt Hotel. I wasn't sure exactly where it was, but I walked with him to the end of Sunda Street. He was very friendly, and his face looked so familiar.
Then I remembered where the Hyatt was and told him how to get there. He thanked me and tried to give me something. I thought it was money. I said 'no' at first, but he really wanted me to have it, so I took it.
I found the record store and listened to a few records. D' Masive had a new record that was number two in the top twenty. I decided to buy it. I looked
in my bag for my wallet and found a piece of paper the man gave me. It was  a photo.
I was so surprised! He was a singer in D' Masive!


7. Going Camping
Number 7 from best 8 examples of recount text

Last weekend, my friends and I went camping.
We reached the camping ground after we walked for about one and a half hour from the parking lot. We built the camp next to a small river.
It was getting darker and colder, so we built a fire camp. The next day, we spent our time observing plantation and insects while the girls were preparing meals. In the afternoon we went to the river and caught some fish for supper.
At night, we held a fire camp night. We sang, danced, read poetry, played magic tricks, and even some of us performed a standing comedy.
On Monday, we packed our bags and got ready to go home.

8. Holiday in Bali
Number 8 from best 8 examples of recount text

We had a wonderful holiday in Bali.
It was a really great place. The people were friendly, the food was great, and the weather was a lot better than at home.
Most days were pretty. I swam two or three times a day, but my brother Fachri just spent all his time lying on the beach with his eyes closed.
Last Saturday I got on the bus and went to the north of the island, It was much quieter there than here–very beautiful, but no tourists. The next day we went across to
the east coast to see some of the old villages.
I learned Balinese–I couldn't say much, but it was fun to try. Fachri actually spoke it quite well, but he was afraid to open his mouth, so I was the one who talked to people.

Those are our collection of the best 8 examples of recount text for learning English. Those sample are labelled as best as they are short and easy to understand as well as matching to the generic structure needed to compose the recount texts.

Source: Achmad, D. 2008. Developing english competencies 1. Jakarta : Pusat Perbukuan, Departemen Pendidikan Nasional

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