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Using drawing for the betterment comprehension of the Reported Speech

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Meeting 1

Class: 12 Science 3

Day/Date: Thursday /07/02/2013 

Time: 07.00 -08.30

N: 41 (12 Male, 29 Female)

Age: 16-17 years old


                In the meeting the students are asked to read a text entitled “The Wolf and the Crane”. The text is taken from Look Ahead 3: An English Course for Senior High School Students Year XII, page 141-142, published by Erlangga, written by Th. M Sudarwati and Eudia Grace.

                The text comes in the cloze text where there are 11 words missing from the text. The students read the text and at the same time fill in the blanks with the words provided and had been explained at the beginning of the lesson. The students devote their 10 minutes to read and fill in the blanks. As soon as they finished filling in the blanks, the teacher leads the students to discuss on the answer wrote in the blanks.

The activity is continued by the questions and answers to understand the content of the text. The students are given five questions with five options to pick as the best answer to the questions. The questions is asking what character that the wolf has, when the major complication arose, what the word ‘badly’ means, why the crane changed her mind, and in what way that some people like the wolf. Most of the students could answer well, except finding the synonym of ‘badly’. They thought that the word ‘badly’ is from ‘bad’.  The effect of this they answered that ‘badly’ means ‘very awful’.

The students then are asked to read again the text and now they are asked to mark the SAYING VERBS. The teacher reminds them about ACTION VERBS, THINKING VERBS, and LINKING VERBS that they had already learnt in the previous semester. The teacher shows the students paragraph 3 line 1 of the text, it says “What a nasty bone!” he complained. The teacher explained that COMPLAINED is the example of saying word. The teacher shows the students a short article taken from The Jakarta Post to show that saying verbs are also used in the text of News Item besides in Narrative. The article is as follows.

Jakarta Police destroy drugs worth Rp 11 billion

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Thu, February 07 2013, 7:26 AM

The Jakarta Police destroyed on Wednesday illegal drugs with a street value of more than Rp 11 billion (US$1.13 million), which had been seized in a series of raids between December 2012 and January.

City police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Wednesday that the force wanted to prevent the drugs from being used in the future. He expressed his hope that police would destroy more illegal drugs in the future.

The drugs destroyed included 5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine; 90 Happy Five pills; 12,826 Ecstasy pills; and 6 kilograms of marijuana.

“The narcotics were owned by 15 suspects, all of whom are present here today,” Rikwanto said. “Our officers are making them destroy their own drugs, in the hope it will act as a deterrent.”

Officials from the prosecutors’ offices and courts in Jakarta, who had provided the permits for the drugs to be destroyed, were also present to witness the event.



The students can mention the saying verbs used in the Wolf and the Crane text. Then, the students are asked to write down the direct speech used in the wolf and the crane in a columns. The first column is provided for the direct speech and the second one for the indirect speech. The students work in partner to change the direct speech into indirect speech.


Plan for Meeting 2

The students in group of four discuss the change of direct speech into indirect speech. It seems that many students made many mistakes and get confused with the reported speech. Even though the reported speech itself has been given in the third semester.

The teacher explains the change of direct speech into indirect speech. Then the teacher asks the students to draw. For example, the student draws a wolf and makes a bubble above his head and fills the bubble with the sentence said by the wolf such as “ What a nasty bone!”, and they write the indirect speech for that bubble direct speech to be ” The wolf complained that it was a nasty bone”. Hopefully the use of drawing will help the students to change easily the direct and indirect speech.






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