Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Trailers

My principal and I wrote a grant proposal for NYSCATE last year.  We won it!!!

With the grant money we bought some professional development books:
3 iPads 2 and 3 iMovie 11 apps

After reading the books we created a book review/book trailer unit. We taught these units in 5th and 7th grade English classrooms.  

The students watched this instructional template video we created using the iMovie 11 trailer app, then had to storyboard their own trailers.

The 5th grade students worked in groups, using books they had read in Literature Circle groups.  The 7th graders read books I have been receiving for consideration for the NYSRA 2014 Charlotte Award nomination list. They wrote and directed the trailers alone.  We had a trailer review event with judges from the school and a local news station.  

Here are the 3 of the 4 winning entries (the Charlotte preview books):

Best Direction

Best Acting

Overall Winner

and one of my other favorites (but no award) 

How many books did You read this year?

Last fall I posted an entry about the fantastic opportunity I had to see Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer).  She showed us a video in which she had taken pictures of her students hold a piece of paper with the number of books they read in the last year.  She challenges her students to read 40 books a year.

Felling inspired, I did the same.  I created a chart with the following requirements:
  • 2 Poetry anthologies
  • 2 Traditional literature books
  • 2 realistic Fiction Books
  • 2 Historical Fiction Books
  • 2 Fantasy Books
  • 2 Science Fiction Books
  • 15 Informational Books
  • 2 Biographies, Memoirs, Autobiographies
  • 1 Graphic Novel
  • 10 free choice books
I chose 15 informational because one of my class requirements is 1 nonfiction book every 2 weeks.   These nonfiction books could be the shorter guided reading books, or "readers".  Students were asked to read good fit books, so some of my 6ht graders may of read Brisinger, while others were reading I Survived...Katrina.

My Common Core based lesson can be found here, along with the handouts.  It was one of my first CCLS units, so forgive my mistakes please. 

Here is one of  my videos (the others seem to be too big :-( ) with my student's totals and their graphs.