Improving the Reading Comprehension of Grade VIII Students of SMP Negeri 2 Tempel Yogyakarta in the Academic Year of 2016/2017 through Semantic Mapping Strategy

Widia Tita Palupi, Margana --


The objective of this research is to improve the reading comprehension of eighth grade students at SMPN 2 Tempel, Yogyakarta through Semantic Mapping Strategy.  The type of this study is action research. The research subjects were 33 students of grade VIII E at SMPN 2 Tempel, Yogyakarta. The research procedure is adapted from Burns (2010) with four steps; planning, action, observation, and reflection  The data of this research are quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative data were obtained from the pre test and post test scores. While the qualitative data were obtained by doing observation, interview, and discussion. There are five steps of Semantic Mapping Strategy used in this research; introducing topic, brainstorming, organizing, personalizing, and post-assignment synthesis. Based on the results, the use of Semantic Mapping Strategy can improve students' reading comprehension based on the result of the study.


Keywords: reading, comprehension, Semantic Mapping Strategy, students

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