WHAT IS A RECOUNT?


After seeing the site stats in my wordpress’ dashboard, I saw that a half of my visitors were looking for references about language focus, genres, and English materials for high school. I knew that I didn’t post sufficient number of articles under those categories. So, to fulfill the needs of visitors for those categories, today I post this article. It would be mainly talk about Recount Text.

Recount is a text type with the purpose to tell the readers about what happened in the past through a sequence of events. There are 2 kinds of recount: factual recount (such as famous people’s biographies) and personal recount (such as a diary). Generally, factual recount are consisting of 2 parts, they are orientation and events. And the personal recount, are consisting 4 parts, they are orientation, events, evaluation, and re-orientation (optional).

Orientation in a recount text is an explanation about “who, where, and when” that involved in the story while events are the sequence of “what happened” (in a chronological order). Then, evaluation is the comments of the writer/speaker about the experience he/she told in the story. And, re-orientation is the conclusion of the experience. These recount components can be found in the samples below:

Factual Recount:

Every April 21 people in indonesia commemorate the Kartini day. It is a beautiful day for the woman because we celebrate the birth of great lady R.A. Kartini. Everyone knows who Kartini is. She is our national heroine and a great lady with the bright idea.

Kartini was born in 1879 april 21 in Mayong Jepara. Her father was Rama Sosroningrat Wedana (assistant of head of regency) in Mayong. Her mother, Ma Ngasirah was a girl from Teluk Awur village in Jepara. As the daughter of a noble family, she felt luck because she got more than the ordinary people got. She got better education than other children. In November 12, 1903 she married Adipati Djoyodiningrat, the head of Rembang regency. According to Javanese tradition Kartini had to follow her husband. Then she moved to Rembang.

In september 13, 1904 she gave a birth to her son. his name was Singgih. But after giving birth to a son, her condition was getting worse and she finally passed away on september 17, 1904 on her 25 years old.

Now Kartini has gone. But her spirit and dream will always be in our heart. Nowadays Indonesian women progress is influenced by Kartini’s spirit stated on collection of letter Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang. (Taken from: http://www.belajarbahasainggris.us/2012/01/contoh-teks-recount.html)

Personal Recount:

Last month I got a fantastic holiday. I visited some great places with my wife and my daughter.

We went to a River World in our town named “Aquarium Purbasari Pancuran Mas” that located in Purbayasa village. We went there by riding a motorcycle. There we saw living fresh water fishes from all around the world and played in a swimming pool.

Then we went to Reptile and Insect Park that is located not too far from River World. There, we saw a great collection of reptiles and insects from all around Indonesia. We also watched a feeding time. My daughter was so happy to see how the reptiles being fed by the officers. She wanted to touch and feed a tortoise, but she was little bit scared.

After that, we went to a museum in the downtown. We saw a lot of stuffs from Purbalingga in the past. There, we saw an old bicycle that used by the first regent. We also saw a bed of The Great Commander Soedirman, a hero originally born in Purbalingga.

Since the day was getting dark, we decided to go home. Next time I would return to them, and even visit more places.

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