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In Indonesian junior high schools (SMP), procedure text is something that we will find if we study the subject of English language. Procedure text is basically a text which tells its reader how to do something or how to make something. In our daily life, we can easily find examples of procedure text on food wrappers, recipe books, or manual books of electronic devices. Cooking shows like Farah Quinn’s “Ala Chef” or creativity shows like Disney’s “Art Attack” actually serve the same objective with this kind of text.
A typical procedure text consists of three parts:
This part tells readers of the objective of the whole text or in the other words, what readers will be able to do after they finish reading it. This part also usually serves as the title.
When it comes to materials, it means that we talk about the tools and ingredients needed to fulfill the goal.
For example, if we read a recipe for Indonesian fried rice, we might find these things as the materials:
* Mortar (Indonesian: ulekan / cobek) or blender
* Cutting board
* Vegetable oil / Margarine
* Chili peppers
* Dried shrimp or shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi )
* Sweet soy sauce
* Fresh cucumber and tomato
C. Instructions / Steps
As the name implies, instructions or steps contain chronological order of explanation about particular phases the writer should do. Instructions or steps are usually written with imperative verb, an infinitive form of verb which is used to give order or request to somebody–in this case, the readers.
A recipe for Indonesian fried rice, for example, might contain instructions like these ones:
Well, I guess that is all. We have discussed about the procedure text, its definition, generic structures, and grammatical features. I hope it will be useful for you. See you again next time, fellows! :)
Browse YouTube with your browser, and find a video clip from a cooking show or any other tutorial video. Watch it thoroughly, and make a procedure text based on that video. Have fun!