Here’s a great article about how to make a book trailer. The idea behind it is to get kids revved up about reading by having them make a book trailer using Photo Story 3 (free software). The idea can easily be transferred to young adults or even adults who are into technology, but not really into reading. The beauty of it is that they reader becomes the creator of the book trailer. As they create, so they become involved and invested in the processes of reading and comprehension.
They’ll need to read the book in order to choose images that properly represent the book.
This is a 21st century form of a book report. It doesn’t have to just be for a book. You can make a book trailer using Photo Story 3 for short stories, too.
The beauty of it is that it can be used for children building their reading skills, teens who need to read more and second and foreign language students of all ages. Apparently the software doesn’t handle all foreign languages very well, so you may want to check it out before using it in your class.
What a great way to get readers engaged with the material they are reading in a modern, creative way.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.