Book Trailer Project is a digital storytelling activity for middle school or high school students after they finish reading a book. Students need to take the key idea from the book to create a short video that persuades people to check out a book they have read.
Students will need to create a plot outline and timeline of action, paying careful attention to the climax and resolution. These are the features they will use in creating their trailer.
Book Trailer Common Core Standards for English
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
11. Develop personal, cultural, textual and thematic connections within and across genres as they respond to text through written, oral or digital presentations, employing a variety of media and genres.
This Book Trailer Resource includes:
- Book Review Template
- Storyboard Template
- Simple Rubric
- Peer Review
- Project Reflection
- Step by step guide handout for students
- Lesson Guide
- A simple PowerPoint presentation to show to students
- How to Create First Video on Animoto Tutorial PowerPoint
- How to Create First Video on Animoto Tutorial PDF Handout
Benefits of Using Book Trailer Project:
- This lesson will rely on the students’ abilities to make decisions, read and comprehend the written word, organize their thoughts on a storyboard, and use a digital tool to represent their outlines/timelines of story action.
- By following this procedure, students will be able to read, think and evaluate the information they have read critically.
- They will be required to express their views for an intended audience and will make decisions on the proper tool for presentation of the book trailer.