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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 1
  2. English
  3. Activities
  4. Literary Recount
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Literary Recount

Grade Work Samples
Midway through Stage 1 (end of Year 1)
Grade B Jessie   Rania  
Grade C Dale   Tracy   Ashley  
Grade D Robyn   Jo   Jordan   Jerry  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Talking and Listening, Writing

Description of activity

Students listen to the reading of a picture book such as The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker, The Adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg, Alexander’s Outing by Pamela Allan, Arthur Lost and Found by Marc Brown or The Cocky, the Crown and the Hawk by Christine Nicolls. They predict what the story will be about based on the cover. Students discuss the events and illustrations in the book. They write a recount of the story.

Prior learning

Students have read a wide range of literary and non-literary texts. They have listened to the teacher reading picture books and discussed them as a class. Students have jointly and independently constructed oral and written recounts.


Skills and Strategies (RS1.6)
Draws on an increasing range of skills and strategies when reading and comprehending texts.
Skills and Strategies (TS1.2)
Interacts in more extended ways with less teacher intervention, makes increasingly confident oral presentations and generally listens attentively.
Producing Texts (WS1.9)
Plans, reviews and produces a small range of simple literary and factual texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers.
Grammar and Punctuation (WS1.10)
Produces texts using the basic grammatical features and punctuation conventions of the text type.
Spelling (WS1.11)
Uses knowledge of sight words and letter-sound correspondences and a variety of strategies to spell familiar words.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • plan, structure and construct a recount of the events in a picture book
  • spell familiar words
  • use basic grammatical features and punctuation appropriate for a recount.


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