Book Trailer Video Project

Book Trailer Project Cover. You can find this product in my TPT store.

There are several ways the book trailer video project can be used. This time I told students at the beginning of the year that they need to be reading books on their own as they would have a book project to complete at the end of the semester. The book for the project can’t have been adapted into a movie or TV series. My students then created their book trailer project and turned it in by December 1.

You could easily adapt this project in different ways: you could have everyone choose a book in a specific genre like mystery. You could split students into groups, assigning each group a book to read. They could do various things with the book throughout the unit and end it with the book trailer video project to share their book with the class. You could have the class use books from a specific time period or country. Students can do this project individually or in groups. It is perfect for anyone trying to add project based learning to their classroom or looking for a project their Gifted and Talented students may enjoy. The possibilities are endless!

This includes 14 pages plus two pages of instructions and advice for the teacher.

– Instructions for students
– Resource Page for students
– Reflection Writing Assignment
– Project Proposal Form
– Story Board planning pages
– Rubric that includes the video and the writing assignment
– Instructions for using this with the Google Classroom
– Instructions for using Adobe Spark
– Instructions for how to share or turn in the Adobe Spark video. (Different sets of instructions for different scenarios that you can pick and choose from.)

 

Book Trailer Instructions Preview

Book Trailer Instructions Preview

The instruction sheet asks students to analyze the book and find a way to put that analysis into their video trailer. The video must make it clear who the protagonist and antagonist are, what the conflict is, the books theme, symbols, etc. The video needs to attempt to persuade their peers to read the book. The visuals and audio choices used in the trailer should reflect the books theme and mood. This is a challenging project that requires students to think deeply about what they read. It uses media literacy skills as they digitally compose this analysis into a multimedia presentation. Presenting it to their peers uses speaking and listening skills. There is a resource page included that gives students a list of links where they can find free fair use images, video clips, sound effects, etc. This is also an opportunity to teach students about fair use and copyright.

 

 

Book Trailer Preview 2

Book Trailer Preview: Project Proposal

I have included a book project proposal forms for teachers who want students to work in groups and choose their own book. It allows students to tell you who they want to work with and provide you with three possible book titles for their project. I suggest using this to get an idea of what their peer preferences are and then you can assign groups from there. You can arrange groups to try to keep their choice of peers in mind while ensuring that the groups are made up of people who can work together and not just distract each other. The book option takes student choice into consideration and it allows you to ensure that no two groups are doing the same book. I like to make sure that there are no duplicate book titles in the class so the presentations are all different.

 

 

Book Trailer Preview 3

Book Trailer Preview – Story Board

 

There is a story board graphic organizer that allows students to plan out their video. Students will draw what will be in that frame then describe, list the camera angles, and list any sound effects, voice overs, or music that will play in that frame. I suggest approving the story board before students move on to starting the video. That way you can make sure that it meets the requirements of the assignment and that is appropriate for the school and for that their age/grade.

 

 

 

Book Trailer Preview - Writing

Book Trailer Preview – Writing

The reflection questions have students write critically about their video and the book. It asks them to reflect on the visual and audio choices they made in their video. It also asks them to explain the plot point of the book. Students should answer each question in a min. of 3 thoughtful and complete sentences. You can either hand out this paper copy and have students hand write the answers or you can have them type their answers and turn it into your Google Classroom. I have included instructions for turning the video and writing reflection into the Google Classroom for teachers who want to use that option.

 

 

 

Book Trailer Preview

Book Trailer Preview

While there are many different programs you could use to make the video, I included a set of instructions for using Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark is free and student friendly. It can be used on any computer. There is also an app you could put onto a tablet or other device. If your school using Google for student email accounts just have students sign in with Google using that school email account. There are a few different ways students can turn in Adobe Spark videos to you. I included instruction sheets for each of these various methods so you have some choices. You don’t have to have students use Adobe Spark but if you do these handouts are a great resource.

 

In total this product has 16 pages plus 2 pages for teachers explaining different ways to use this project in your classroom. You can purchase it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Trailer-Project-and-Writing-Reflection-3542808

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Banned Book Project

Banned Book Project

Organization – Assignments and Makeup Work

This year I have faced some big changes as I changed schools. I went from teaching seven 45 minute classes a day (each one a different prep) to a modified block schedule with six classes being 1 hour and 30 minute (alternating every day) and two 45 minute classes that meet every day. I only 2 preps. I love the new schedule. Here is how I dealt with some of the organizational challenges.

I created a spreadsheet on Google Sheets that I use to track what I have assigned or shown/discussed during the week. I try to keep all of my English classes the same but sometimes they get off schedule due to assemblies, holidays, etc. My spreadsheet helps me make sure that I remember where we left off and what we still need to do. A great thing about Google Sheets is that I can access it from anywhere with an internet connection.

I also created a calendar in a Google Doc for my students to help them keep track of homework, quizzes, and tests. They have a printed copy that they keep in their portfolio to record due dates on. The Google Doc is also linked under the about tab of our Google Classroom so students can check it if they don’t have their printed copy with them. It’s also nice to email the link to parents that want to help their child stay on top of their work. I took the weekends off the calendar to make more space for the other days. At the end of the month I save a copy of it for my records  then on the original I just change it to the next month so the link remains the same.  I like that I can also link to any relevant website. For our vocabulary quizzes I link to our Quizlet deck for that week. I collect them at the end of the month and add it to their participation grade. They must have added all due dates to it to earn their participation points.

I keep a folder on my desk for anything that I have to reference throughout the week such as master copies, copies I use to demonstrate, a list of students I need to check up with, etc.

Absent Work

Keeping up with absent work can be a challenge. Students who know in advance that they will be gone (such as going to a school sanctioned event or activity or a scheduled in advance doctors appointment) must send me an email to request the work they will miss in advance. The emails help remind me to get it ready and help me create a record of who asked for their work and who did not.

For other absences I have a hanging file folder pocket chart on the wall. Each class period has a folder. Students who were absent are reminded to check their class folder for any assignments they missed as well as checking the Google Classroom. This makes it super easy for me to keep up with missing work. I just write down the students name and date on the paper and stick in the folder during class. That way I don’t have to search for it later and the students know where to find it when they return to school. They are expected to check it when they return and they generally have 2 school days to complete and return it unless it was a long absence.

Coming soon: Organizing Paper

 

Using Google Docs with the Google Classroom

I love using Google Docs with the Google Classroom. It’s easy to create a template in Google Docs and then create a copy for every student in the Google Classroom. The advantage to this versus having them create their own Google Doc is it allows you to pop into their Google Doc and see their progress in real time.

Advantages of using Google Docs:

  • You can view your students edit history on the document. You can see anything they typed or added then deleted. It also allows you to see if anyone else has contributed to the document.
  • Click on the share button to see if they have invited anyone else to edit their Google Doc.
  • I have students do peer workshops on their essays or creative stories by inviting their workshop members to suggest on their Google Doc. Their workshop members can then leave their feedback as comments. I provide them with a list of things to look for and comment on during the workshop.
  • I can also leave the students feedback in the form of comments.
  • When I have students revise it and turn in a final draft I have them highlight everything they changed so I can easily track the changes. Of course you can also go the edit history to see changes.

Here is how to set up the Google Doc in the Google Classroom.

1.) Setup the Google Doc the way you want it. It can be simple with just the prompt or you can have the prompt on one page then the MLA format template on the next page. Here is an example of a simple prompt setup:

Setting up the Google Doc assignment template.

2.) Create the assignment in the Google Classroom. Click on the “Attach Google Drive Item” button.

Adding Google Doc to the Google Classroom

3) Find the Google Doc in your Google Drive and add it.

Find your Google Doc in your Google Drive and add it.

4) Change the setting to “Make a copy for each student.”

Change Setting to “Make a copy for each student.”

5) Then Click “Assign” and you are done!

 

They sky is the limit as to how you setup the Google Doc. Add images, add the full instructions, list of topics, etc. It’s an easy way to keep track of students progress before they turn it in to make sure they are actually working on it in class or at home.  Google Docs is a staple in my English classroom.

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