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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 1 - Activity 1

Informative text - recount

Description of activity

Following an excursion, the teacher displays photographs as a timeline. The students suggest captions for the photographs and the teacher models writing a personal recount. Students then write their own recount of the excursion, recounting personal details that were significant to them.


Students have explored how language is used effectively to retell events and experiences to known audiences. They have composed spoken and written compositions based on their own personal experiences. Students have explored the text structure, basic grammar and punctuation needed to retell an experience. They were then asked to apply this understanding by composing an informative text that recounted an experience.


EN1-2A plans, composes and reviews a small range of simple texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers and viewers
EN1-3A composes texts using letters of consistent size and slope and uses digital technologies
EN1-7B identifies how language use in their own writing differs according to their purpose, audience and subject matter
EN1-9B uses basic grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary appropriate to the type of text when responding to and composing texts
EN1-11D responds to and composes a range of texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences


Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Plan, structure, and construct a personal recount
  • Use basic grammatical features and punctuation appropriate for an informative text in the form of a recount
  • Spell familiar words
  • Use letters of consistent size and slope in NSW Foundation Style.

Graded student work samples - Mid Stage 1

Grade AGrade B
No samples
Grade CGrade D

Graded student work samples - End Stage 1

Grade AGrade B
No samples
Grade CGrade D