Jl. Mayjen Haryono 193 Malang, Telp. 0341-565544
Program Studi:Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris
Judil Tesis:Increasing Ability to Write Draft of Composition
through Clustering Technique of Eleventh Grade
Students at SMK Negeri 1 Bojonegoro in Academic
Key Words: Clustering, technique, draft of composition, increasing, writing skill
Students often complain about writing activity in the classroom. They do not know what to write and where to start. And, lack of vocabulary worsens this condition. They neither have ideas to write on their papers nor ways of generating ideas. They also have difficulty to find topics to write. Wasting more than a quarter of hour to think and find only an idea is not a common thing in the classroom. Moreover, many teachers do not have interest to give their students writing activity. This study was undertaken to improve students’ writing skill on the pre-writing stage through clustering technique because this stage determines the success for next stages, especially skills in writing a topic sentence and supporting sentences, organizing ideas into paragraphs. Technique of using clusters, which is believed to be able to solve students’ writing problem in generating ideas, is developed in writing activities done by the eleventh-grade students of SMK Negeri 1 Bojonegoro in 2006/2007 academic year. To achieve the purpose, a collaborative classroom action research, which was dopeted from Kemmis and Taggart (1998) was implemented. The action research was implemented in two cycles where each cycle contains planning, implementing, observing and reflecting. And the instrument used to collect data is questionnaire, observation, and documents. The results of the study shows that students’ skill in writing a topic sentence, supporting sentences, strong words, ending sentence, complete...