Investigating Undergraduate Students’ Outline and Essay Writing

Umi Hani, Mia Perlina

Abstract


Abstract  - Writing an essay is quite tricky as it needs more than pouring all ideas in written arrangement. Those ideas must be gathered, organized, and planned to be arranged in an outline. The main goal of this study was aimed at examining the students’ outlines and their essays based on their outlines. To evaluate their outline, the framework was based on the outline checklist proposed by Zemach & Rumisek (2005). This study employed qualitative study and involved 30 students in the third semester of 2020/2021 academic year enrolled in the Essay Writing course, at English Department, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Pamulang (Unpam). The results of constructing an outline, it showed that the highest percentage (73%) in constructing an outline was in organization for paragraphs in the right order. On the other hand, insSupport for each main idea related to the thesis statement had the lowest percentage (40%). However, the results of generating essay writing based on their outline, there were 80% students who were successful following their outline when they created their essay. It can be concluded that most of students when they produced an outline and developed their ideas to write an essay from their outline, they followed their outline. On the other hand, they had challenge in developing support for Each main idea related to the thesis statement.



Full Text:

PDF

References


Crème, Phyllis & Lea, Mary. (2003). Writing at University. Second Edition. Philadelhia: Open University Press.

Hidayah, Yanna. (2019). Menulis Esai. Fakultas Keguruan dan Ilmu pendidikan Universitas Sebelas Maret.

Langan, John. (1999). College Writing Skills 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill Education

Oshima, Alice, & Hogue, Ann. (2006). Writing Academic English Fourth Edition. New York: Longman.

Salija, Kisman. (2017). The effect of using outlines on idea development quality of student essay writings. International Journal of Language Education, 1(1), 11-19. Retrieved from https://ocs.unm.ac.id/ijole/article/view/2867

Taylor, Gordon. (2009). A Students’ Writing Guide: How to Plan and Write Successful Essays. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Tardiff, E., & Brizee, A. (2010). Four main components for effective outlines. Retrieved November 22, 2020, from Purdue Online Writing Lab:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/1/.

Zemach, E. Dorothy & Rumisek, A. Lisa. (2005). Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay. Macmillan.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.31294/wanastra.v14i1.11640

Copyright (c) 2022 Wanastra

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Index by:

  
  
   
 

Published by Department of Research and Public Service (LPPM) Universitas Bina Sarana Informatika with supported Relawan Jurnal Indonesia

Kramat Raya Street No.98, Kwitang, Kec. Senen, Central Jakarta, DKI Jakarta 10450
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License