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Book Month 2016

Posted by willkay on March 27, 2016

As usual, during Book Month the students select a book, write a script, rehearse, and then film their efforts. This year there were three different Book Trailers from 6B.

The Hunger Games







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We Made Trailers

Posted by willkay on April 12, 2015

March is Book Month in the sixth grade. We do several different “book related” activities, including: Book Trailers.

The students pick a book, pick scenes from the book, write a script, think about camera angles, and then perform. In 6B, this year, Mrs Kay gave up the camera and allowed the students to film the trailers themselves.

Here are the finished products, enjoy:

The Maze Runner

War of The Worlds

The Invisible Man

The Book of Lost Things


The Maze Runner



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Book Trailers

Posted by willkay on March 17, 2013

As part of Book Month, we ask the children to make a trailer for a book. We try to do this with as little guidance as possible. Obviously, as teachers we are there to help, but the idea is to get the children to work on their own, in groups. They have to make decisions, they have organise, they have to visualise, and they have to produce.

First of all, they have to divide themselves up into teams (no lollysticks of doom were used in the making of this project), making sure that no one is left out. Then, within their teams, they have to pick a book. This is the first area of contention, sometimes people in the group haven’t read the book. Thus the major plot points have to be described to everyone, and scenes have to be picked. Picking the book is the hardest part. Too often it is easy to pick a book that is already a film. However, I am happy to say that, this year the students avoided the easy targets and went off on their own, choosing books that they liked. Of course, the next problem is how to write/perform scenes on a budget of zero pesos, all locations inside school, the school day is still happening, and only one camera held by a teacher! These are problems that the students have to overcome, by using their imagination and accepting the limitations that occur. Obviously, we could have spent hours and hours, preparing, producing, and recording. In the end, we spent four/five hours preparing, and one day of shooting. One day of shooting for ALL the trailers. I know that I shot 40+ different scenes, and the last scene of the day was shot on the road outside school, at 2:31pm as children were being put into cars.

Even with all these limitations, I think that children have come up with some very good trailers. Mrs. Kay and I spent yesterday in our editing suite, trying to make them as coherent as possible. Here, in alphabetical order, are the seven trailers for books, that the children made:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room (Book 2) by Lemony Snicket

Back to School Mallory by Laurie B Friedman

Bunnicula by James Howe

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Engineer’s Thumb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Messenger by Lois Lowry


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