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Narrative Writing

Personal Recount Mapping & Utilization of Graphic Organisers

What is Personal Recount Mapping?

  • A personal recount mapping narrates an experience that occurred in the past. A Recount is a recap of an event or sequence of events.
  • The recount can be written in both active voice and passive voice.
  • The aim of this writing is to inform and/or entertain the readers.
  • It may pinpoint one particular section or maybe the whole story in a chronological sequence to narrate in what order things had happened.
  • There is some personal touch to this genre of writing; that’s how it appeals directly to the reader.

Types of Recount Mapping

Have a look at the types of recount mapping. They are as follows:


We will focus only on personal recount mapping in this chapter.

Personal Recount Mapping through Graphic Organizer

Choose a topic and use a graphic organizer for your personal recount.


Example of a Personal Recount

Title: A Day at the Zoo
Yesterday, mid-morning my family and I went on an outing to the Alipore Zoological Garden, Kolkata.


In the morning, we got ready and went to the zoo. There was a huge line, so we had to wait for a while to get in.
After we entered the zoo, we went straight to the enclosure for the Lions. My brother and I were so excited to see them. we happened to see lion cubs too. They were so endearing and playful. Then we visited our National bird, the peacock. What a beautiful bird! Thereafter I saw the chimpanzee, the crane, colourful birds, tiger, elephant and many more.
At lunchtime, we got the fried rice prepared by Dad and chilli chicken made by mom. We had a delicious lunch together.


In the afternoon, we visited the aquarium. My little brother was excited to see the various kinds of marine fish, tropical fish, and sharks. “Wowww, how wonderful they look!”, he exclaimed.


Slowly the day came to an end. We were very tired. We wanted to have ice cream but since we were too tired, my father drove straight home.


Common Mistake

  1. The section wherein the past events are described in a recount must be written in the past tense. If any analysis of the experience is given, then present tense can be used. Mostly first person and third person are used.
  2. The introduction should be able to grab the reader’s attention easily as it sets the tone for the entire narrative. It should be able to throw some light on the topic, the location, and the timing of the event.
  3. The body consists of the actual recount of past events. Once the setting is exposed by the introduction, the body deals with the main story where the vents are described in sequence.
  4. Unlike the other narrative styles, the conclusion need not reinstate the main ideas of the story nor its role is to provide any set of arguments that warrants the body. On the contrary, it may look deeply into questions like ‘why’ or even explain the falling action or provide a resolution.
  5. Make use of connectives or linkers especially the ones that indicate time. For instance, meanwhile, next, finally, then, etc.
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