Sunday, November 27, 2011

Conquering Everest

We're learning about the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
Here are some important details of the first successful expeditions which you could use to help you write your recount.

Here is a video from National Geographic.  It's about the dangers of climbing Everest and a particular expedition which ended in the deaths of 8 climbers.  When did this expedition take place?   Answers as comments to the blog please.

But what is in a Recount?
Features of Recounts
Recounts list and describe past experiences by retelling events in the order in which they happened (chronological order). Recounts are written to retell events with the purpose of informing or entertaining the reader (or both).
Recounts should:
·       Focus on individuals or events.
·       Have a title, which summarises the text.
  • Have specific participants (Mallory, Mum or Dad)
  • Often consist of three parts:
1.    The setting - background information answering who? when? where? why?
2.   Events are identified and described in chronological order.
3.   Concluding comment expresses a personal opinion regarding the events described.
  • Details help the reader reconstruct the activity or incident.
  • The ending may describe the outcome of the activity.
  • Details of time, place and incident need to be clearly stated.
  • Descriptive details (adjectives) may also be required to provide additional information to help paint a picture.
  • Include personal thoughts/reactions.
  • Be written in the past tense.
  • Make frequent use is made of time connectives, such as next, later, when, then, after, before, first, at the same time, as soon as she left, late on Friday.
  • Describe events through the use of adjectives and adverbs.
  • Use personal pronouns like - I, we (1st person) & he she they (3rd person).

Here is a poster which you could print off which has some features of recounts.
Read this and see if you can answer this question: What time of day did Hillary and Tenzing reach the summit of Everest? 
Answers as comments on this blog post please.

1 comment:

  1. The expedition where 8 climbers died rook place in May 1996.
    Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit of Everest at 11.30 am on May 29 1953.


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