This final project was written based on the writer’s job training as an English teacher in SMP Negeri 40 Purworejo which was done for one and a half month. The writer took two classes in VIII A and VIII B as the subject to be observed. This final project discusses the effectiveness of using recount genre to improve writing skill for VIII grade students in junior high school.
During the job training, the writer took some activities to collect the data by doing observation in the school and the class, interviewing the English teacher to get more information about the school and the English teaching and learning process.
The genre used by the writer to teach writing skill to the students was recount genre. While the type of writing performance used by the writer was guided writing. The writer used four steps in teaching recount genre. First, the writer only asked the students to make a simple recount text based on a topic. Second, the writer gave some pictures and asked the students to make the recount text based on the pictures. Third, the writer give also some pictures and certain vocabulary and asked the students to make the text recount based on the pictures and the vocabulary. The last, the writer gave some pictures, including a certain paragraph in Indonesian language and jumbled sentences in English and asked the students to compose them into a good paragraph. The best steps should be just in opposite order. Most of the students got some difficulties such as grammatical use, vocabulary use, punctuation use, and the influence of Indonesian language. During the process, the writing skill of the student especially in writing the recount genre improved. It was proven by looking at the students’ writing in the end of the meeting.