Lesson Plan

Using iMovie to Create Trailers for Books

Start to finish plan to create movie type trailers
Kathy V.
Technology coordinator
Edmonton AB, Canada
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My Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to:

summarize and retell a story

identify key elements of a book



English Language Arts
forming arguments
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
Grades 3 – 6
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Review a trailer from You Tube for a popular children's movie, I used the Lego movie (remember to preview the trailer on youtube before presentation with children). Discuss all the characteristics of a story that were presented and all the characteristics that were not presented. (characters, setting, plot are all revealed, climax may be implied and ending is not revealed)

2 Direct Instruction

In small groups, have children choose thier own book. Using poplet, students plot all the book elements (character, setting, conflict, ending).  They can use pictures from the text and words to display thier information. Here you could also preview video trailers made by other classes and discuss how they convey mood, setting, etc...

3 Guided Practice

Students use thier brainstorm to create a storyboard for thier movie.  They can use pictures and words to define setting, characters, and how they will display the information from the book. (if students will be the actors, or if they will use pictures they take of the book) Students will need to decide how much information to present to the audience and what they will deliberately leave out (teachers may need to be part of this conversation as they confer with groups)

4 Independent Practice

Students will film their book trailer using one of the imovie trailer themes.  They will follow the poplet designed storyboard and video the trailer. I prefer iMovie but you could use Animoto.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Present book trailers to fellow students, it can be cross graded so grade 6 trailers are presented to grade 2 students in an "Oscar" themed event.  Grade 2 can then vote on the book they are most likely to read next.  

Using the Aurasma app, link the book to the trailer so students can scan the book during library time and see the trailer. If this becomes a whole school project you could have several book trailers and a very rich video library of trailers.