Improving students’ ability in writing narrative texts using short animated stories and mind mapping at class VIII of SMP GUPPI Palangka Raya

Jeli Sri Pahlawanti


This research aims at improving the writing ability of the Eighth-grade students of SMP GUPPI Palangka Raya, in academic year 2016/2017. The problem was that they had a low writing ability. This particular research is categorized as action research to improve the student’s ability in writing Narrative Text using Short Animated Stories and Mind Mapping. The actions were implemented in two cycles based on the class schedule. This research involved 20 students of class VIII  of SMP GUPPI Palangka Raya in academic year 2016/2017 and the English teacher was as the research collaborator. The data of the study were in the forms of qualitative data. The qualitative data were obtained by observing the teaching and learning process of writing of Narrative Text, interviewing the students of class VIII and the English teacher, students test, and documentation. The research findings showed that the use of short animated stories and mind mapping was effective to improve the students’ writing ability. They could get students’ attention and increased their learning motivation.  It could help the students understand the story better as the video content visual or moving images that could help to imagine the real situation in the story. The students who fulfilled the KKM was only 4 students (20%) in the pre-action, were able to increase their score up to 12 students (60%) in the progress test in cycle I and were able to increase to 17 students (85%) in the post-test in cycle II.  It was indicated that they made a  considerable improvement in some aspects of writing skills such as grammar, coherence, readability, diction and communicative purpose of the text.


annimated stories; Mind Mapping; narrative text

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