Employed Symbols to Character Building in Teaching Narrative

Authors : Rikat Eka Prastyawan; Oikurema Purwati; Fabiola D Kurnia

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 5 - May

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6626238

Children are the asset of the nation that must have good characters and creativity. They have good period called the golden age that is the best time to explore everything around them. Therefore, the role of parents and teachers is very important to educate the children as well as possible. Children Literature could become the option for parents to give them the source of reading in order to develop their imagination. Theodor Seuss Geisel known as Dr.Seuss has written more than 60 children's books including several of the most popular children's books of all time. One of them entitled Horton Hatches the Egg belongs to narrative text which could represent the symbols to character buildings in learning process. This study aims to describe how symbols could employ the character building on students’ views in teaching narrative. It could be formulated in the research question; how could the employed symbols in Horton Hatches the Egg represent the character building on students’ view? This study uses descriptive qualitative by conducting an analysis of students’ writing and interview related to the used symbols in Horton Hatches the Egg in representing the character building. Students coming from the third grade of Junior High School used a trait checklist to find out the character traits wrapped into symbols to represent their views on character building. The result shows that good character traits such as responsible, social care, self discipline and creative wrapped into symbols of character could be reflected to students’ views by connecting the given illustration in the texts and students’ social life.

Keywords : Symbols, Dr. Seuss, Character Building, narrative.


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