5 Getting Started Tips for Using Book Trailers in Your Classroom
Book trailers are increasingly used in today’s multimedia classrooms. Book trailers are a great way to inspire students and engage reluctant readers. Similar to the purpose of a movie preview, a book trailer can activate interest in reading a book. As an example, watch the book trailer for the upcoming colour edition of 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga.
Teachers use book trailers in their classrooms for more than a traditional book report. Trailers can be used to meet language arts/literacy curriculum goals by teaching students how to analyze and synthesize visual information. Below are 5 suggestions for using book trailers in your classroom.
Show the trailer before reading the book. This helps to create a sense of anticipation and enhances the reading experience for the reader by providing the gist of the book’s storyline.
Show the trailer following the reading of the book. This helps to provide students with a clear visual model of the literacy skill summarizing. Trailers can also provide models of other literary techniques, including foreshadowing, mood, pacing, and tone.
Build critical-thinking skills by having students compare the book to the trailer. Provide discussion questions such as; Did watching the trailer hinder or enhance the experience of reading the book?
Compare one trailer to another trailer about the same book. Generate discussion questions that students can keep in mind when analyzing, such as: What worked in the book trailer? What didn’t?
Have students create their own book trailers (great support can be found at www.booktrailersforreaders.com). Give students an opportunity to view other students’ book trailers by hosting a book trailer viewing day in the school library.
For more information about 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga, please visit www.pandmpress.com.