IMPROVING STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DESCRIPTIVE TEXT BY APPLYING THEMATIC DISCUSSION
A Classroom Action Research to Eighth Grade Students of SMP Negeri 1 Kota Langsa
This study attempted to improve students' achievement in descriptive writing by applying Thematic Discussion. This study was conducted by using classroom action research. The subject of the research was class VIII-2 SMP N 1 Kota Langsa which consisted of 40 students. The research was conducted in two cycles; each cycle consisted of four meeting. The instruments for collecting data were quantitative data (writing test) and qualitative data (observation sheet, questionnaire sheet, and diary notes). Based on writing scores, students' score kept improving in every test and based on observation sheet, questionnaire sheet and diary notes, it was found that teaching-learning process ran well. Students were active, enthusiastic, and interested in writing. The result showed that Thematic Discussion technique significantly improved students' achievement in descriptive writing.
Key Words: Writing Descriptive Text, Thematic Discussion