Unleash the dramatic side of your readers! Create a book trailer using iMovie. Give students the opportunity to utilize their creative side using technology. What a great way to incorporate those CCSS ELA Speaking and Listening Standards with a twist!
No matter the student’s age, book trailers can provide an extremely fun way to present, share, and expand children’s knowledge of what others are reading. Once iMovie is figured out, making these trailers can be easy and very powerful.
I began having my students make book trailers last summer at our local library program. Students read a book of their choice, conferenced with me about the major highlights and “do not miss” sections of the book. We then planned pictures or moving backgrounds and taped short one to two sentence segments. The rest is in the editing. You can add as little or as much as you want.
Here is a picture of our readbox and the QR codes placed inside each book that has a student-made book trailer. When students check out a book from the readbox, they can scan and view all of the book trailers available for that book.