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We are excited to announce that SEKOLAH MONTE SIENNA has been granted International Baccalaurcate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) Candidate Status by the International Baccalaurcate Organization.
Jl. Yos Sudarso, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432
Grade 5: The Power of Persuasion
The Power of Persuasion
By Ms. Mugni Bustari, Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

Information bombards us every day, and without realizing it, it shapes our lifestyle. The information we get in daily life influences our thinking and behaviour. We believe that our fifth graders in Sekolah Monte Sienna should explore and understand this phenomenon through an exploration of the theme “How We Express Ourselves” focused on the central idea “Persuasion can change thinking and behaviour”. We looked into (1)persuasive techniques used in writing, (2) use of persuasion in media, and (3) responsible, reflective and critical use of messages in media.

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Student learning experiences began with popular advertisements for products they consume regularly. This tuning in activity demonstrates a sense of curiosity and engagement among the students. Throughout their inquiry, students begin to grasp how advertisements can persuade people through their vibrancy and dynamic nature.

Students’ eyes lit up as we discussed persuasive techniques, ethos, pathos and logos. They were eager to discuss their opinions and personal experiences with their daily routine. They have a great deal of enthusiasm to create their ads and campaign for better change in thinking and behaviour in the future.

To facilitate meaningful learning experiences for students, we participated in a variety of learning engagements to help students understand the unit. Examples of these learning experiences are as follows:

Creating advertisement

In this activity, students take on roles in marketing, public relations, and graphic design to boost the sales of a chosen product – their favorite milk tea boba. They created advertising posters, showcasing their enthusiasm as they design the product, select a theme, and employ persuasive techniques such as ethos, pathos, and logos.

Moreover, students were excited to present their boba posters to persuade a wider audience in the school community. This experience not only unlocked their creativity in designing a poster but also sharpened their writing skills by using persuasive techniques. Another important part is that this activity enhances students’ communication skills to deliver information clearly and in an engaging manner.

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Field Trip to Batam TV

Students identified the use of persuasion across various media platforms, including print, digital, and broadcast media. While radio and TV were popular forms of broadcast media before the digital era, they continue to hold significance today. To enhance students’ understanding of persuasion in media, they visited a local TV station named BATAM TV in the heart of Batam City, creating an unforgettable experience for them as they learned about the daily process of news broadcasting.

The visit sparked curiosity among the children, leading to a lively discussion with the host of BATAM TV. Many questions arose, addressing aspects from the news-making process to the workings of the big green screen in the TV studio. Post-visit, students compiled and analyzed their findings, creating digital reports and reflections using PowerPoint in Canva. This presentation time not only encouraged students to listen actively but also provided an opportunity to share constructive feedback, fostering improvement in performance among classmates.

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Dealing with FOMO

Being responsible in using social media is crucial. Understanding the rules, both do’s and don’ts, enhances their awareness of the importance of being smart users for their safety. Moreover, they learn to safeguard themselves when confronted with viral trends, recognizing that not all trends are beneficial and worth following.

The phenomenon known as Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) refers to the emotional response arising from the belief that others are leading better, more satisfying lives or that important opportunities are being missed. FOMO often results in feelings of unease, dissatisfaction, depression, and stress. Fortunately, after an interactive discussion, our students displayed a healthy habit and lifestyle. They acknowledged that they do not experience FOMO while using social media because they are occupied with homework, games, and sports. Confidently, they shared their opinion that they do not follow viral trends inconsistent with their beliefs and they shared that they are smart enough to filter what to follow and what not to.

Our Grade 5 students exhibited impressive critical thinking and a positive attitude. However, while students may feel confident in addressing the FOMO phenomenon, it is essential for them to uphold good habits in social media use. Ideally, they can also share this valuable knowledge with those who may struggle in dealing with FOMO situations.

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Creating campaigns to bring change for the better

At the conclusion of the unit, students were tasked with assuming roles as campaign founders, researchers, and advertisers. They selected a current global issue and connected it to UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically number 4 (Quality education) and number 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). Working in groups of three, students crafted campaigns addressing their chosen global issues and disseminated awareness within the school learning community.

Remarkably, students developed diverse campaign products, including vlogs, brochures, posters, and advertisements. Witnessing their awareness and concern for issues around them is truly a moment of pride. Hopefully, this learning experience will foster increased empathy, critical thinking, and a mindset unafraid to advocate for a better life in the community.

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Jl. Yos Sudarso, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29453