Now we are going to learn an example of recount text. The theme is about a biography. You remember, don’t you? A recount text can be written to record one’s life. This is a very short account Albert Einstein.
Recount text is commonly labeled as non-fiction writing. It is one of kind text genres, beside of narrative, spoof and others. Recount text can be a found in many ways to write a biography of famous person. The following is an example of recount text about the written account of famous scientist life, Albert Einstein.
Short Biography of Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was born near the end of the 1800s in Ulf, Germany.
He graduated from the University of Zurich in Switzerland at age 26. That was also when he did his famous work in physics. Fourteen years later he won the Nobel Prize for Physics.
For the next ten years he lived in Germany and traveled a lot to talk to other scientists. Then in the early 1930s he had to leave Germany because of Hitler and the Nazi party.
He moved to the United States. From that time until his death he lived in Princeton, New Jersey. He died at the age of 74.
Note on Generic Structure of Recount Text
Why do we practice to analyze the generic structure? Because every text has different structure. Understanding the structure will help determine the whole meaning of the text. Every recount essay is organized in structure as:
1. Orientation: Introducing the participants, who involve in the text The biography of Albert Einstein
2. Events: Series of events which happen relating to the participant, the famous person described. Albert Einstein was born near the end of the 1800s in Ulf, Germany.
He graduated from the University of Zurich
he won the Nobel Prize for Physics.
he had to leave Germany
He died at the age of 74.
3. Reorientation: This optional, some time is omitted.
E recount text in many samples are composed by using past tenses. So to understand comprehensively, student must have enough knowledge of the tenses patterns.