Whenever you have to relate what happened in a particular situation, you will use recount. While you will not often be required to simply tell the story of something, recount paragraphs are frequently used in longer written texts. In many cases, a recount will provide the background for other kinds of writing.
|Topic sentence identifies the point of the narrative.|
|Support sentences describe and/or explain what happened in the order in which it occurred: chronological order.|
|Concluding sentence (optional) comments on the significance of the narrative or re-states the point of the narrative.|
Useful transitional words and phrases
first, second, third, fourth, fifth*, before, during, while, as soon as, at the same time, after, then, soon, next, later, finally.
* Never go beyond ‘fifth’. Use other expressions for variety.