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Reel Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

20130207-190708For their final project my English I students are to create their own book trailers. We’ve watched enough of them this year that they should have a pretty good idea of what an effective trailer should do:  compel someone to read the book.

In a last ditch effort to get my kids to understand the task, we are watching student-made book trailers for the next little while. These are a couple that are done very well about the book IF I STAY by Gayle Forman.

In my experience, if you can get a kid to read just one of Forman’s books, she will read them all.

 

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3 thoughts on “Reel Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  1. hcato May 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

    This book is so good! I couldn’t put it down until I had finished the entire thing!

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  2. amyrasmussen April 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Oh, hi! Thank you for the kind feedback. Isn’t it the most amazing thing to get kids excited about book titles and reading? I could maybe breathe that feeling. The complexity of the book trailer project kind of depends on the class you teach. In the past my AP Lang students rocked the assignment with creativity and real production skills. My freshmen this year will need a little more structure and direction. I have a guide and a rubric that I will email you. Students will use Animoto.com to create the trailer. Do you know that tool? It’s a nice and easy way to make video/slideshows.

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  3. Esther April 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm Reply

    I recently subscribed to your blog, and love reading your posts. I have shared some of the trailers with my 10th grade PreAP English class, and the students jotted down titles they wanted to read on their Bookit Lists ( they created the name of the list for books they want to read next.) Some of them recently commented they’d like to make a book trailer. Can you share your directions and guidelines?
    Thanks so much!

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