Autobiographical Recount

Getting Ready: Guided Imagery

Brainstorm categories for stories with the students - school adventures, a special holiday, brothers, sisters, family, scary moments and so forth.
Ask students to close their eyes. Using the questions below ask them to imagine the incident in their minds.
* What time of day is it?
* what is the weather like?
  • How is the weather affecting you?
  • Where are you?
  • Look around you. What do you see?
  • What colours and textures are around you?
  • How are you holding your body?
  • What mood are you in? Content? Sad? Excited?
  • What expression are you wearing on your face?
  • What are you holding your body?
  • What clothes are you wearing
  • Are there other people around you?
  • Who are they?
  • What do they look like?
  • What are they wearing?
  • How are they acting?
  • How do you feel about these people?
  • Are there any sounds? What do you hear?
  • How are the sounds affecting you?

Creating the Image: Draw the story

  • Invite students to draw a picture of their visualizations.
  • Post the questions above on a chart so students can have activate their memory of their images as they draw.
  • Informally conference with students in a way that leads them to add details to their picture.

Write the Image: Brainstorming Descriptive Words and Action Verbs

  • Encourage students to share their images.
  • On two "post-it" have them make a list of action words and descriptive words that are evident in the picture.
  • Create classroom charts of action words by category. Take examples from each child. You could also share the following websites with students to provide additional examples.
"Said" - Check out this chart
"walked" - Check out this chart

  • Encourage students to add to their list from the class charts.

Writing the Recount

  • Have students fill in their writing template in sequential order, drawing upon the lists of descriptive words and action verbs they have created.
  • Draw their attention to the linking words on the side of the template.