Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Creating Book Trailers

How often do we ask our students to read a book and then answer questions or write a book report?  A book trailer can be an alternative form of assessment while exciting and fun for you and your students. 

Today’s post is about using creativity and communicating information using multimedia formats; NETS and NCTE Standards for 21st Century Learners.

  • First create a folder to store your copyright free images, music and video.
  • Next create a story line for your book without giving away the ending. Make sure your book trailer focuses on the main character, setting, plot and theme.
  • Now find pictures and music which captures the essence of the book. Remember, don’t give away the ending but entice your viewers into reading the book. Try these sites: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ www.freefoto.com/ or www.office.microsoft.com/EN-US/CLIPART/DEFAULT.ASPX and others
  • Finally use a movie editor such as Windows Movie Maker, Photo Story, Prezi or Animoto to create your book trailer.
Here's an example of a book trailer that was fun to create. This book trailer features the Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

For more information or additional resources on creating book trailers visit the LRC

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