A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF THE EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING A RECOUNT TEXT AT SMP NEGERI 6 JEMBER IN THE 2013/2014 ACADEMIC YEAR
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Based on the results above, the score categories of the eighth grade students’ achievement in writing a recount text at SMP Negeri 6 Jember in the 2013/2014 academic year were in the following explanation. There were no students (0%) categorized failed, 2 students (6%) were categorized poor, 21 students (58%) were categorized fair, 6 students (17%) were categorized good, and 6 students (17%) were categorized very good, and a student was categorized excellent.. The percentage of the number of students who obtained ≥ 75 was 22% or there were 8 of 36 students gained the target criteria. It means that the target of the teaching writing a recount text was not fulfilled. There were only 8 of 36 students gained the score of target criteria (75) at SMP Negeri 6 Jember. In details, according to the five aspects of evaluation (grammar, vocabulary, mechanics, content, and organization), the researcher found that grammar aspect was the most aspect that the students were still difficult in. The aspects for grammar that have been evaluated were the use of simple past tense, the article, the plural forms of nouns and the possessive form (‘s). Most of them had problems in writing sentences using the simple past tense in correct structure. In conclusion, most of the students did not know how to use their correct grammar. It happened due to their lack of grammar skill and lack of writing practice. In writing a recount text, they had to use the simple past tense, so that they must understand the language features of a recount text. Unfortunately, they have not yet understood about that. Consequently, they should be taught more about the use of grammar, in this case were simple present tense. In other words, it can be said that the teaching learning process in writing a recount text at SMP Negeri 6 Jember was not yet satisfying.