The Difficulties in Writing Descriptive Text Faced by the Eighth Grade Students of SMP Negeri 7 Palangka Raya

Angelica Dhea Irine, Misrita Misrita


The research was conducted using descriptive qualitative method to analyze the difficulties in writing descriptive text especially in generic structure and language features, faced by the eighth grade students of SMP Negeri 7 Palangka Raya. An essay test was given to 20 students of the eighth grade of SMP Negeri 7 Palangka Raya to obtain the data about their difficulties in writing descriptive text. The result concluded that there were 10 students (50%) faced the difficulties in generic structures. They sometimes did not write ‘identification’ or ‘description’, or they did not write it completely and clearly. They had difficulties to analyze them that they placed ‘description’ in the ‘identification’. Some of them even wrote sentences which were not really related. On grammar, there were 8 students (40%) who faced difficulties and on mechanics there were 8 students (40%) who faced the difficulties. The difficulties were in using present tense ‘to be’, ‘pronoun’, and ‘adjective’; and in mechanics they had difficulties in using ‘capitalization’ and ‘punctuation’, in which sometimes they forgot to capitalize the first alphabet in the beginning sentence. All of that means that they were stated as having difficulties in writing good descriptive text.


difficulties; writing descriptive text

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