ratedg.jpgMovie trailers are traditionally seen before viewing a movie. Movie trailers created during and after reading can be used to check for student understanding of story elements and to demonstrate summarizing skills in an expressive manner. Students can respond to a grade level text by creating a storyboard, collecting images to support the storyboard and creating a short movie trailer using district software and/or an online tool.


How can reader response movie trailers help students develop good reading skills and habits?


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Activating Strategy

Teaching Strategy


PowerPoint is an excellent tool for storyboarding a video project! Students drag images and citations from an Internet window to PowerPoint slides. Then all slides are saved as images. That was easy!


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Understanding Fair Use

Click here to learn about Digital Responsibility.

Finding Images

Click here to learn about using PowerPoint as a storyboarding tool.

Ways to Use Movie Trailers


Students preview text and work individually or with a group to design a short prediction video. Students can capture digital images of illustrations from text.

Main Idea

During and after reading, students identify the main idea and create a short video detailing supporting details and main idea.


After reading, students write a summary script and then locate images to match. The script planning is an excellent opportunity for writing instruction.

Author’s Purpose

Students identify the reason for reading and create a short video to explain how they knew the author’s purpose.


Fiction and non-fiction texts provide many opportunities for making comparisons. Writing a script to identify differences from the author’s point of view increases critical thinking skills.


Poetry is challenging for students! The opportunity to deconstruct a poem by creating a video will deepen student understanding.

Guided Practice


Creative Commons
Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally • Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration.
Google Advanced Search
The Advanced Search screen permits users to restrict usage rights, date and more. Jenn's Video http://keystonecommons.paiunet.org/pg/file/swt_wilsonjenn/read/20903/copyright-safe-image-searching
Discovery Streaming
(http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/) Discovery Streaming has 27000+ images available for download. In addition, Discovery Streaming has Reading Rainbow videos that can be shown as examples.
PowerPoint Photographs
In addition to clipart, PowerPoint has a wonderful selection of photographs for use in student projects. Saving slides as pictures makes them accessible for use in other software/web projects.


PhotoStory 3
Easy, free software for uploading digital still images. Add narration, adjust movements, and viola ~ instant video!
- Capture Stories
- Create a PhotoStory
- One Image Story
- Resource Site

These software products are similar to PhotoStory 3, but allow for the inclusion of digital video and digital stills.
- Creating and Sharing Great Movies
- Create Movies with MovieMaker

Web Tools

Storybirds are short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share.
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a microphone or phone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Voicethread offers educator accounts at http://ed.voicethread.com/#home.
A web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Animoto has educator accounts also http://biz.animoto.com/education/faq.html.

Extended Thinking

For an EATES lesson plan, students would have to compare/contrast, classify, analyze perspective, construct support etc. Consider this as you plan a lesson for your students to plan and create a movie trailer as a reading response.


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Resource Links

Book Trailers
Book Trailers How To


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