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  1. Stage 2
  2. English
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  4. Oral literary recount
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Oral literary recount

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Talking and Listening

Description of activity

Students listen to a reading or taped recording of a narrative text. They listen to the text a second time and write down the significant events. Students listen to the text a third time to check and add to what they have recorded. They use their written notes to create an oral recount of the story and explain the message it conveys.

Prior learning

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


Talking and Listening (TS2.1)
Communicates in informal and formal classroom activities in school and social situations for an increasing range of purposes on a variety of topics across the curriculum.
Skills and Strategies (TS2.2)
Interacts effectively in groups and pairs, adopting a range of roles, uses a variety of media and uses various listening strategies for different situations.
Skills and Strategies (RS2.6)
Uses efficiently an integrated range of skills and strategies when reading and interpreting written texts.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • gather information by listening to a narrative text
  • plan, structure and construct an oral recount of the events in a narrative text
  • explain the message conveyed by the narrative text
  • speak clearly and convey meaning to others
  • use appropriate language features for an oral recount.
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