Book trailers

Discussion: What is a book trailer? Create a list of the elements that make up a book trailer.

Student will view several book trailers.

The book trailer examples will initiate a discussion about the purpose of book trailers. As a group, the students will identify the elements that make-up a book trailer. (Example: music, narration, images, summaries, “hook”, building suspense, images, text) The elements will be compiled in a list and posted for students to refer to as they plan their book trailers.

2. What is a storyboard? How does a storyboard help to organize information?
The media specialist will model completing several frames of a storyboard for one of the books used in the example book trailers. Students will be responsible for completing individual storyboards for the books they have selected. Storyboards will be approved by a teacher.

3. What will I need to complete my book review?
Completed storyboard

Three to five descriptive scenes (from) of the book.
Three to five pictures that represent the descriptive scenes.

4. Putting it all together! - (This stage may take several class periods.)
Students will use their storyboards to guide them as they apply their skills and knowledge to create a book trailer using Animoto.

Story boards will include:
• Images
• Text
• Music
• Title & Credits

What are the components of a visual presentation that expresses personal ideas, informs, and persuades?
At the end of this unit of student students will have the skills and knowledge to create a multimedia presentation that informs and persuades an audience to select a specific text.

Steps of Lesson
Tell Students the purpose and elements of book trailers, and how a book trailer can excite/persuade a reader to read a the highlighted book:
• Introduce the objectives of today’s lesson.
• Review the list of elements created during the previous lesson.

Ask students what they liked about the book they are reading for this assignment.
• How can you show what you liked about the book in your book trailer?

The media specialist models completing several frames of a storyboard for one of the books used in the example book trailers.

Do • Students will begin working on their storyboard and will be supported/guided individually as needed.
• Students will be responsible for completing their storyboards for the books they selected.
• Storyboards will be peer reviewed, revised, and finally approved by a teacher.

. Materials and Media
• List of elements identified in Book trailers (from previous lesson)
• Story board graphic organizer –Figure 1
• Self –selected books read by students
• Pencils, colored pencils, post-it notes
• Print copy of scoring rubric for each student -Figure 2


After selecting and reading a text, .the learners will be able to summarize the story.

Students will select a variety of forms of media (images, music) that reflect events of the story.
Students will edit media so that when incorporated in a presentation, it supports/enhances the message.

Students will collect and evaluate a variety of images.

Students will respect copyright/fair use/creative commons guidelines as they collect images.

Students will use an organizer to plan their presentations.

Students will use Animoto to create a presentation.

Teacher review: The teacher will evaluate student storyboards for completeness and offer feedback and guidance.
Observation: As students are learning new skills the teacher and media specialist will observe. Re-teaching will be individualized to meet/match students’ needs.

Book Trailer: The student product (book trailer) will be evaluated based on the criteria identified on the scoring rubric. The teacher will be looking for evidence of understanding the concept of book trailers as a persuasive presentation to an audience, and skills in the creation of the presentation.

Note taking: