Syllabus for 2010-2011 Academic Focus
In this class we will be making our own Book Trailers. Like Movie Trailers, these video commercials will be a project that combines technology and reading. We will be using video, audio, text, and stills to create exciting previews to help encourage other students to read new literature. As we hone our cinematographic skills, we will begin to share our productions with the EHHS Library Website. This is a creative way to show our comprehension through project-based learning. What we accomplish here will help future students pick their next favorite books!
Below you will find an excellent fan-made (not professionally-made!!) Book Trailer for Suzanne Collins science fiction novel, The Hunger Games,
and a professionally made book trailer for the same book. Notice the different ways to present the same materials; both are successful in their own ways.
Simone Elkeles, Rules of Attraction, which IS professionally produced, has a traditional movie-style book trailer.
The fantasy fiction, Going Bovine, by Libba Bray, is very effective using simple images and captions.
Actual images from Scott Westerfeld's steampunk inspired science fiction novel, Leviathan, help to make this book trailer very appealing to prospective readers.
Neil Gaiman's fantasy fiction book, The Graveyard Book, also uses images from the book itself to intrigue readers.
This is an actual movie trailer for a film based upon Ball Don't Lie by Matt De La Pena; you can see how live action can be used to make a successful book trailer.
This very simply designed book trailer for Angela Johnson's novel, The First Part Last, shows how easy it can be to make a successful book trailer.