Lesson Plan

Book Trailers

Book Trailers on Summer Reading (or any book)
Samantha D.
Classroom teacher
Bayshore Middle School
Leonardo, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

  • communicate meaning through the creation of a digital book trailer for their summer reading.
  • analyze the various plot elements of a book and reflect.
  • celebrate reading by viewing each other’s digital stories.
English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook / Anticipatory Set

  • Provide students with examples of what makes a good trailer: such as capturing the interest of the audience, not sharing the ending, and music that reflects the mood
Student Instructions
  • Ask students to describe the last movie trailers they watched using Padlet.  
  • Ask what the purpose of these trailers is? What makes a good trailer

2 Guided Practice

Choose a book trailer from one of the websites and watch it together- analyze what makes this a good or bad book talk.

Examples:  Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhai Laifrom YouTube, Rules by Cynthia Lord from TeacherTube, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm from Book Trailers for Readers, and How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephartfrom SchoolTube.

3 Mini Lesson

Activity: Presenting
  • Teacher goes over what we are doing, why we are doing it and how we are doing it. Overview of book talks and why they are so important to building our identities as readers and contributing to our reading community.
  • Teacher shares booktalk checklist on smartboard, but this also exists on Google Classroom page.
  • Teacher also discusses the fact that a book talk should be about a book that you have read and can talk about. 
  • Teacher models a book talk and asks students to watch with checklist in mind.

4 Guided Practice

  • Teachers asks students to go to checklist and see how many of the 5 components of a good booktalk were included in her presentation.
  • go to polleverywhere link on GoogleClassroom page and choose 1 to 5. Be ready to discuss your reasons.
  • Teacher projects poll everywhere results and asks for a few students to tell how they graded teacher and why.
  • Teacher summarizes features and shares her actual score.

5 Independent Practice

  • Teacher transitions into independent practice.
  • Begin outlining your book talk in a Google Doc based on the Book Review template.

6 Share / Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

Ask students to turn and talk, completing these sentences:

  • When making a book trailer I will be sure to _____.
  • What I am confused about when making a book trailer is _____.