Book Trailers

What it offers:
A fun way to spread literacy. Book trailers work like movie trailers in that their objective is to hook an audience into wanting that product (to get them to want to read the book). Not only do students encourage and excite others about reading a wide variety of books, but students creating book trailers have the opportunity to develop their technological production and design skills.
There are TONS of publisher produced book trailers available on YouTube which can be embedded into your blogs, websites, etc.
This is a LiveBinder of the many digital book trailer resources available.
A Teacher's Guide to Book Trailers in the Classroom - provides examples, instructions and lesson plans.

BookTrailers4Allare book trailers created by educators and students and arranged by grade level.
See below for a promotional video for the program created by a librarian.

Authentic applications:
Book trailers can be presented in class, on the school announcements, or posted to a website.

Examples of authentic applications:
Response by Paul Volponi, created by BJ Neary, and posted on the TeacherLibrarianNetwork ning.

Find more videos like this on TeacherLibrarianNetwork

Helpful Tips:
MovieMaker, IMovie, PowerPoint, PhotoStory, etc. are all ways in which students can create book trailers. Teachers may find it easier to have students use PowerPoint as their presentation mode. Images and Videos can be created outside of PowerPoint and then imported into the program for presentation purposes.

Here's a link to 4 Steps to Making Your Own Book Trailer

Important Elements of a Book Trailer:

Hook must draw audience in to want to read the book Basic plot must be provided to give audience enough of an idea of what the book is about Don’t give away too many details Must end with title, author, and a quality image of cover Content should be unique and well planned/innovative Media/text selected should elicit emotion and high audience response

Must cite all images and sounds Slides must transition without clicking Reasonable timing must occur between slides (allow enough time to read all text, but also have them move steadily) All text must be legible (if background makes slide illegible, You have some choices: 1. have background photo fade in after text has been read 2. fade photo out and keep slide still long enough to allow audience to read it 3. fill the background of the text box with white 4. whitewash the photo) All content must be school appropriate

Length of presentation must remain in between one and three minutes
Rubrics that were modified from the PhotoStory rubric (you can tailor them to your specifications)

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