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USING CAP-IT ACTIVITY TO IMPROVE ON THE USAGE OF CAPITALISATION IN YEAR 3 PUPILS’ WRITING

MELISA CHRISTILLA MAURICE

ROSEMARY ANAK LAYAT

PISMP BAHASA INGGERIS JANUARY 2013 INTAKE

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ABSTRACT

This action research attempted to enhance the usage of capitalisation among Year 3 pupils’ writing by using Cap-It activity. It aimed to explore ways to help the Year 3 pupils in the use of capitalisation in their writing. The Cap-It activity is to help the pupils to remember the basic rules of capitalisation which are at the beginning of the sentence, pronoun ‘I’ and proper nouns. The research participants comprised six Year 3 pupils who were having difficulty in using capitalisation in their writing. The one cycle of intervention involved the four stages of McNiff and Whitehead’s (2011) model which are observe, reflect, act and evaluate. Intervention was conducted over twelve weeks. Data was collected from samples of pupils’ work which showed the progress of the pupils in using capitalisation, observation of pupils’ behaviours through observational checklist, field notes, and a test to find out on pupils’ improvement. The data collected was analysed qualitatively to answer the two research questions which are 1) How can I improve on the Year 3 pupils’ usage of capitalisation in their writing and 2) How does Cap-It activity help in improving pupils’ weakness in using capitalisation when writing sentences? Findings positively answered the research questions in which Cap-It activity had helped to improve the pupils’ usage of capitalisation in their writing and it had enhanced their motivation to learn the basic rules of capitalisation. The suggestion I have to improve this research is to add on handwriting lines in the next cycle so that the pupils will be able to write sentences neatly.

 

Keywords: capitalisation, Cap-It activity, writing basic rules