After a slew of snow days and an extended year that pushed the end of school into the second-to-last week of June, my students’ motivation lagged as we approached our final month together. They needed an engaging project that still proved to be challenging and fun. Inspired by Amy’s work, my students and I celebrated the end of the reader’s workshop with a final book trailer project.
The process was organic; students latched onto the idea of watching mentor texts and dissecting the craft to gain a firmer understanding of the writing genre. Over the course of a few days, we analyzed and discussed the differences between the book and movie trailers for John Green’s upcoming film Paper Towns, a class favorite. We combed through countless examples of professional book trailers, dissecting the craft of the films and looking at the cinematography, hook, pacing, script, music, and scene choices. Finally, after brainstorming and storyboarding, students used Stupeflix, WeVideo, Puppet Edu, or iMovie to generate stunning book trailers. The results blew me away. Here is a small sample of some of the trailers I’ll be using to supplement my book talks next year.
**Make sure to unmute the video. In some cases, the sound doesn’t automatically play.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown–Created by Matt
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins–Created by Emily
Missing Pieces by Meredith Tate–Created by Alyssa
Looking for Alaska by John Green–Created by Tristan