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Book Report Alternative: Creating Reading Excitement with Book Trailers

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Book Report Alternative: Creating Reading Excitement with Book Trailers

Grades 4 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Student Objectives

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

Sessions Four and Five

Session Six

Extensions

Student Assessment/Reflections

 

STUDENT OBJECTIVES

Students will:

  • communicate meaning through the creation of a digital story.
  • analyze mood of a book and reflect the mood in music.
  • celebrate reading by viewing each otherís digital stories.

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Session One

  1. Ask students to describe the last movie trailers they watched.† Ask what the purpose of these trailers is and what makes a good trailer, such as capturing the interest of the audience, not sharing the ending, and music that reflects the mood.
  2. Project several book trailers from the websites and/or show the one prepared for the class book.† Some possible examples are Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhai Lai from YouTube, Rules by Cynthia Lord from TeacherTube, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm from Book Trailers for Readers, and How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart from SchoolTube.† Ask what makes a great book trailer from these examples.†
  3. Discuss the following points:
    • Readable text
    • Clear recordings
    • Interesting, clear images
    • Timing of images
    • Concise language
    • Music that reflects the mood of the book
    • Narration that is louder than the background music
    • Enough details to be interesting but not enough to give away the ending
    • Ends with a question or scene that makes the audience want to read the book
  4. Explain to the class that they will be creating book trailers after they have read books of their own choosing.
  5. Share the Book Trailer Rubric with the students and use it to evaluate one of the book trailers.
  6. Using the classroom library or the school library, allow time for students choose their books.† Assign students to read their books before the next session.† Allow ample time for students to complete their novels before the next session.

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Session Two

  1. Choose a book trailer from one of the websites and watch it together.
  2. Project the printout Book Review Template and complete it for the book trailer.† Cover the following details.
    • Introduce the book: Includes the title, the authorís name and the genre.
    • Tell about the book:† Introduce the main characters and action.† Donít try to tell every detail.
    • Tell about your favorite part of the book or make a connection: Persuades the audience to read the book and leaves the audience wanting to know more.† For example, explain what the main character has to overcome but donít tell if he/she is successful.
    • Give a recommendation: Provides closure for the book trailer.† It also helps match the perfect reader for the book.
    • Short and sweet is best.
  3. Check that students have completed their books.† Hand out the printout Book Review Template and explain to students that these will become the script for their book trailers. Therefore, they will write in complete sentences.
  4. Have students work on completing the printout.† Help those who need extra assistance.
  5. Hand out the Checklist for Book Trailer Script.† Partner students together to read each otherís script, complete the checklist of their partnerís script, and offer suggestions to each other.† Allow time for students to revise.
  6. As students work, observe time on task as that is one of the categories of the rubric.

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Session Three

  1. Check that students have completed the Book Review Template and give support to those who need additional help to finish.
  2. Have students examine their scripts and consider what types of images they require to illustrate their script.† Tell them to plan on at least one image per sentence.† On the reverse side of the printout Book Review Template, ask students to list what images they want to find.
  3. After students have had some time to plan their images, model for students how to find images.
    • Search for copyright friendly images on the web using the suggested Image Websites.
    • Explain that the bigger the image, the clearer the image will be in†Photo Story.
    • Instruct students to click on the picture to see it in full size.
    • Direct students where to save these images.
  4. Allow time for students to find their images.† Help those students who have difficulty finding exactly what they want.† You could also give students the option of drawing their own images and scanning them for use in their digital stories.
  5. As students work, observe time on task as that is one of the categories of the rubric.

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Sessions Four and Five

  1. Check that students have been able to locate images.† Help those who need extra assistance.
  2. Show the students the tutorial from TeacherTube for a quick overview of the software.
  3. Hand out†Microsoft Photo Story Instructions, and model the steps below.† Check that each student is successful in completing each step before moving to the next.†
    • First, instruct students to import their pictures, organize the images to match the script, and eliminate black borders, if desired.† Allow students time to work on this before moving to the next section.
    • Model how to add text to the pictures while not obscuring the pictures.† Show students how to place the text on the top, bottom, or middle and then to the right or left.† Demonstrate how to change the color of the text so text contrasts to the background.† Allow students time to work on this step.
    • Model how to record.† Show how to record, listen to playback, and delete the recording.† Remind students of the Book Trailer Rubric that mentions reading clearly and with expression. Allow students time to work on recordings, which will probably take the longest of the steps.
    • Model how to add transitions between the slides.† Allow students time to work on this step.
    • Model how to add music from the selections in the software.† Discuss how music influences moods and how the musical selection reflects the mood of the books. Show how to adjust the volume of the music to be background music so that their own voices stand out in their stories.† Allow students time to choose music.
  4. Allow time for students to polish and revise their digital stories.
  5. At the final session, demonstrate how to make the final step of saving the story so that it can be played on a media player, rather than just in†Photo Story.
  6. Hand out the printout Book Trailer Checklist. Partner students and have them check each otherís book trailer.† They can also evaluate each otherís book trailers using the Book Trailer Rubric.
  7. After evaluating each otherís book trailers, allow students time to modify their†Photo Story creations.
  8. As students work, observe time on task as that is one of the categories of the rubric.

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Session Six

  1. Give the students each a copy of the printout What Will I Read Next? Explain to the students that as they listen, they will complete this form so that they will have suggestions of what novels they might enjoy reading.
  2. Invite each student to project his/her†Photo Story and provide time for students to comment and ask questions.
  3. Allow students time to use the classroom library or school library to check out their next book(s) using What Will I Read Next?

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EXTENSIONS

  • Have students try out other alternative book reports (see Related Resources).
  • Try out other lessons that feature†Photo Story such as Digitally Telling the Story of Greek Figures.
  • Establish a class wiki and post the studentsí book trailers.† Publish the address to the class wiki for the community to view the book trailers. Also, book trailers could be posted at SchoolTube.

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STUDENT ASSESSMENT/REFLECTIONS

  • During the class sessions, observe and note the studentsí time on task, as this is one of the categories on the rubric.
  • Review the studentsí completed printouts:† What Will I Read Next? and Book Review Template.
  • As students are working on their project, question them about their choices of music and images.
  • Collect the two completed checklists to ensure that students are working together succesfully.
  • Using the Book Trailer Rubric, evaluate each studentís†Photo Story and offer the students feedback.
  • Ask students to complete these statements about this project:
    • What I enjoyed about this project was ______.
    • What I found difficult was _____.
    • Next time I will _____.

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