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Essay Writing: Personal Recount / Reflective

How to write a Personal Recount Essay - for Secondary School Students
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Created by Mr Jerry Lee
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the objectives of a personal recount essay
Write a high-scoring, personal recount essay
Express their thoughts and a derive deeper meaning of their experience through reflection
Score higher marks for English
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  • Basic English

Congratulations! If you are reading this you are probably in your secondary school years.

Essay Writing is slightly different now. Instead of writing stories, you are now required to write personal recounts of your own experiences.

However, many students do not do well because they fail in one important aspect: Reflection. They will place little emphasis on this aspect of personal recount essay writing.

In this course, you will learn:

- The objective of a personal recount essay

- How to plan an essay outline

- How to get inspiration for your plot or content

- How to write an attention-grabbing introduction

- How to write the narrative for the body paragraphs

- How to describe and build-up to the climax

- How to transition smoothly to the Reflection paragraphs

- How to reflect and uncover a deeper meaning behind your experience

- How to write the reflection for the body paragraphs

- How to conclude and end strongly.

I will personally REVIEW your essay and give you my comments. I will teach you how to improve and write better in your weaker areas.

I will be using a real-life experience of mine as an example to show you how to write the story. Hopefully, other than just learning how to write an exceptional essay, you will uncover a more profound meaning behind my story and learn from it as well!

Who is the target audience?
  • Secondary 1-4 students
  • Students who need to do lots of personal recount essays (writing about experiences).
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 53:32
1 Lecture 01:47
Personal Recount / Reflective Essays - What's That?
4 Lectures 08:01

Some Common Mistakes made by Students

- No reflection

- Not enough reflection

- Fake personal recount

Preview 02:35

Can you identify the common theme underlying all these questions?

Preview 02:15

- Things to take note of

- Personal Recount Essays are like an Ice Berg

Preview 01:49
Essay Outlines and Brainstorming for Ideas
4 Lectures 06:03

- Basic Outline of a Personal Recount Essay

Preview 01:27

Essay Outlines - Can we have other Essay Outlines?

- How to brainstorm for ideas

How do I come up with a plot or content?

- Mr Jerry Lee will use a real-life story as an example to teach you how to write a personal recount essay

TRUE STORY - An example based on my real-life experience
How to Write an Introduction
7 Lectures 11:10
Purpose of an Introduction

How do I start?

- Learn how to begin with a quote

- Learn how to begin with a rhetorical question

- Examples

Beginning with a Quote or a Rhetorical Question

- Learn how to begin with dialogue

- Examples

Beginning with Dialogue

- Learn how to begin with impactful, attention-grabbing sentences

- Examples

Beginning with Impactful, Attention-grabbing sentences

- Provide some background information so that the reader gets a clearer picture of the topic

- Example

Provide some Background Information

Drop some hints
How to Write The Body - Narrative
8 Lectures 10:21
Breakdown of the Narrative Segment

Writing the Build-up (part 1)

Writing the Build-up (part 2)

- Transition from Build up to Key Event / Climax smoothly

- Never break the reader’s attention

- Keep them hooked and interested to find out what’s about to happen next.

- Focus on details

Going into the Key Event / Climax

- give detailed, specific descriptions

Writing the Key Event / Climax (part 1)

- give detailed, specific descriptions

Writing the Key Event / Climax (part 2)

Transitioning to the Reflective Paragraph

We have just covered the surface...
How to Write The Body - Reflection
7 Lectures 10:59
Recap - Narrative + Reflection

What's the purpose of a reflection?

The Importance of a Reflection

Writing the Reflection ( part 1)

Writing the Reflection ( part 2 )

Uncover the Hidden Meaning!

Moving on to the conclusion...
Writing the Conclusion
3 Lectures 05:11

- Provide Closure

- Restate the significance of coming to an epiphany

- How has this event impacted your life or future?

[ Common Mistakes ]

- Students tend to end too abruptly, with only 1 or 2 sentences for conclusion.

- Don’t use the words “in conclusion”… it serves no purpose.

Purpose of a Conclusion

- draw attention back to your earlier perspective

- show contrast in perspectives after going through the key event

- emphasise on the lesson learnt

How to Write a Conclusion

The End - Final Words
About the Instructor
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English Tutor, Writer, Director of Intellicat Tuition School

I am the Director of Intellicat Tuition School, Singapore. I graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelors of Engineering. I have been teaching English for more than 5 years. My key specialties are in Essay Writing - Narrative, Expository, Argumentative / Persuasive. I also specialise in Grammar, Synthesis and Transformation, Comprehension.

I currently have about 100 students attending my English and creative writing classes. I teach students of all levels: (Primary, Secondary, Junior College, Elementary, Middle School, High School.) 80% of my students who attend my Creative Writing course score top marks for their essays when they return to their respective classes in school.

I believe in using online education / online courses to reach out to more students. Online Courses also allows students to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their homes. I am passionate about teaching students how to write beautiful, compelling and easy-to-read essays.

Feel free to message me if you need help in English or Essay Writing

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