Lesson Plan

Book Trailers With iMovie Trailer

Retelling a Story Through Book Trailers
Patricia B.
Technology coordinator
Old Bonhomme Elementary School
St. Louis, United States
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Students will be able to...

After selecting and reading a text, the learners will be able to summarize the story.

Students will select a variety of forms of media (images, music) that reflect events of the story.
Students will edit media so that when incorporated in a presentation, it supports/enhances the message.

Students will collect and evaluate a variety of images.

Students will respect copyright/fair use/creative commons guidelines as they collect images.

Students will use an organizer to plan their presentations.

Students will use iMovie Trailer to create a presentation.

English Language Arts
English-Language Learning
Grades 1 – 12
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

The teacher will ask the students what movie trailers they have seen recently.  Teacher asks students what they like most about the trailer, and what do they think is the purpose of the trailer. Discuss what makes a good movie trailer, and how it should captivate the audience to want to see the movie.  The teacher explains to the students that they are going to create book trailers of the books they read, which are similiar to movie trailers.

 (Depending on the age of the students, the teacher may need to give a definition of movie and book trailers)

Teacher shows students examples of book trailers



Allow students the opportunity to choose the book they want to read before the next sesion.

2 Direct Instruction

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Teacher asks students what is a storyboard , and how does it help to organize information?

Teacher will teach students how to use storyboardthat.com through direct instruction, or site tutorial.

The storyboard should include:

 The title, the author’s name and the genre.
 Introduce the main characters and a main action in the story.
Tell their favorite part of the book, or Persuade the audience to read the book. 

For example, explain what the main character has to endure but don’t tell the details or if he/she is successful.

Decide what type of pictures will be needed to include in the trailer.









3 Guided Practice

Have students peer review their storyboard and consider what types of images they want to include in their trailer.  students should have one image per slide. 

Students should refer to their list of images.
After students have had some time to plan their images, model for students how to find images.

Search for copyright friendly images on the web using the suggested Image Websites.
Explain that the bigger the image, the clearer the image, so show students how to find the pixel size of the image in the image search results.

(If you choose not use google.com, try to use a kid friendly search engine such as  http://www.safesearchkids.com/google/#.VIj11mSS0n8

Direct students how and where  to save images on the iPad or computer. 

Edit images if necessary. 

Teach students how to access the imovie app, and choose a trailer template.

Model steps for:

adding text, images, and voiceovers. Saving project, reviewing project

Student Instructions

Students will use the search engines to locate images to include in their project.

Students will complete the imovie tutorial



4 Independent Practice


Allow students time to work on this step collaboratively, or independently.



Student Instructions

Students will use iMovie to create a Book Trailer with guided practice with the teacher.

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will give time in class for students to present their projects.


Student Instructions

Students will present their project and perform peer and self evaluation of their work.