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How to make a book trailer. By Teacher Librarian Michelle Harclerode: - Keep scrolling all the way down for lots of goodies & links to websites. Are you an author? Educational Standards met with digital presentations : Florida SSS ----- Common Core Standards This is the big picture above. Background on Book Trailers Book Trailers are an excellent way to communicate the excitement of reading while promoting new or favorite books. Student Made Book Trailers: Hints and Handouts Look at our Student Made Book Trailers to get ideas.

What I have learned about making book trailers : Go explore book trailer sites to get inspired. Photo Story 3 Tips : We still use photostory 3 [with Windows 7] windows photo live has replaced photostory 3 Featured Websites to Explore: A Guide to Writing the Literary Analysis Essay. What Is Readers Theater. Readers Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.

It involves children in…. sharing literature, reading aloud, writing scripts, performing with a purpose, and working collaboratively. Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting out literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library?

Readers Theater helps to…. develop fluency through repeated exposure to text. increase comprehension. integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context. engage students. Tips for Implementing Readers Theater. Graffiti Wall: Discussing and Responding to Literature Using Graphics. Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice This lesson is used for discussion of a novel read by the whole class. Working individually and in groups, using symbols, drawings, shapes, and colors, alongside words and quotations, students construct a graphic of their section of the novel using an online tool and on newsprint or butcher paper with crayons or markers. When all groups have completed their graphics, they will present them to the class, explaining why they chose the elements they used. Back to top Literary Graffiti Interactive: Using this online tool, students draw images about a text they are reading.

Claggett (1992) states that "the use of graphics will help students make meaning as they read, write, and act, [which] is firmly rooted in current thinking about how the mind works. " Teaching students to visualize what they are reading and create graphic symbols helps them develop as readers. Further Reading Claggett, Fran, and Joan Brown. 1992. Armstrong, Thomas. 2003. Comics and Graphic Novels.

More Ideas Than You’ll Ever Use for Book Reports. Submitted by Teacher-2-Teacher contributor Kim Robb of Summerland, BC Create life-sized models of two of your favorite characters and dress them as they are dressed in the book. Crouch down behind your character and describe yourself as the character. Tell what your role is in the book and how you relate to the other character you have made. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.

Interview a character from your book. Creative Literature Projects Students Love. Sometimes it’s difficult to get students interested in literature, especially the classics. Spicing up lesson plans with some creative projects allows students who are not traditionally academically successful to show what they’ve learned in a slightly different way. The results can be refreshing and rewarding! Here are ways you can spice up your lessons as well have examples of what I have done in my classroom. Creating Themed Environments in Your Classroom Creating a classroom party around a themed book topic can be fun and educational. My Great Gatsby Party Mastery-based learning is a classroom management solution for students who don'...

A few outdoor teaching strategies that can help to maximize your students’... How to stress and teach kindness. A few teaching strategies to help your students think like optimists. Five classroom management reasons to let your students select their own stories. This is the first year I’ve tried this project, but it was fun and really successful.

Poem Parody. Beyond the Book Report: Ways to Respond to Literature Using New York Times Models. Victor J. Blue for The New York TimesWord, a bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, provides guidance to browsers with irreverent “shelf talkers,” like this one for “The Book of Night Women,” by Marlon James.Go to related article » | Go to related slide show » Below, we present some alternatives to that classic classroom assignment, the book report. All of our ideas are inspired by The New York Times in some way, either because we’ve adapted an interesting format, or because we were inspired by an article, review, essay, interview or multimedia feature. Do you assign book reports, in any format, to your students? What do they look like? A Times-Style Book Review Read The Times’s Books section to scan several current book reviews of novels, story collections and poetry, and to use the search feature to find reviews of older books.

Next, write your own Times-style review of a book, incorporating many of these elements. Book Talk, With You as Host Judging the Book by Its Cover Shot on Location. Book Party. Book Reports. 20 Ways of Looking at the BookThese activities address multiple intelligences and a range of student ability levels. 21 Literary Temporary Tattoos Every Book Lover NeedsThese images can serve as models for student response to reading.

Students could design a tattoo for a character and then write an essay explaining or justifying their choices. 91 Ways to Respond to LiteratureMultiple intelligences, varied ability levels, traditional to cutting-edge: you'll find book report ideas here! This list was originally compiled by Anne J. Arvidson. 150 Book Report AlternativesGreat ideas for audio, 3-D, artistic, and written responses to responses to reading. Your students will enjoy selecting from among these options. Baseball Book ReportsPrintable handouts with a baseball theme for young readers. Better Book Reports and Better Book Reports: 25 More Ideas!

Beyond the Book ReportA list of 35 ways to respond to reading. Book TalksStudents are required to read a novel of their choice. Books Alive! Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives. In my last post I described 10 ways to cultivate a love of reading in kids. I want to expand on that theme by suggesting 10 alternatives to the book report. I'm not a fan of book reports; I don't think they are an effective way for a student to demonstrate understanding of a book and I don't think they help students enjoy or appreciate reading. Let's consider some activities that allow a student to show understanding of a book and that might be enjoyable. This selection of activities is also intended to meet the needs of different kinds of learners -- or to contribute to the development of skills beyond writing. I often allowed students choice in deciding how they wanted to respond to a book -- they could choose from a list like the one below. 1.

The Graphic Novel: Students draw scenes from a selected part of the book-perhaps a scene that represents the beginning, middle and end if you're working on understanding chronology; or three scenes that depict how the main character changed. 2. Projects to Engage Middle School Readers. It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature.

Peanuts raises some interesting questions about the value of reading projects. In middle school, we ask students to dissect texts and perform literary analysis. Demonstrate understanding of the plot elementsExplore the role of tone and themeIdentify significant scenes or events and their impact on the storyAnalyze a character and show an understanding of that character's motivationsExplain the relationship between the author's life and the story . . . does it have to be an essay or book report?

Book Trailers In the spirit of movie trailers, book trailers allow students to create video advertisements to entice new readers. Students could use iMovie or Animoto to create and publish their videos. Mr. Wehr's 8th grade English Class || Lesson 1b: Mood & Tone with Poetry, Music, and Film. BCRs (Brief Constructed Responses) While examining the concepts of mood and tone, you will be expected to analyze your thought process as well as the actual “text” in writing to each of the three BCR prompts below.

Your responses must refer to direct details from the “texts” in order to gain full credit. Each area of the BCR response should be fairly brief. See a Sample BCR to see how this should be done. Here is a link of the document that is pasted below (you were given this in class) BCRs for Mood & Tone.doc Here is a link to the document containing mood and tone words (you were given this in class as well) tonemood words.doc BCR #1: “Fear” by Gabriel Mistral (poetry--in text book p. 368) Active Reading Responses a) What is happening in the text? B) What were you doing while trying to understand the text? Analysis Responses c) What is the mood & tone? D) What do you feel the poet fears in our world based on details from the text?

Active Listening Responses c) What is the mood & tone? Sample. Creativity 2.0: Tone and Mood in Literature - Moving Beyond Paragraphs. I slammed my hand down on the desk. "What are you doing? " I bellowed. Frozen, terrified students stared at me, looked at their classmates and back to me. Shock swallowed their breath and turned every fiber of attention to me, the psychotic teacher, standing in the middle of the room.

I stood up, waited another moment and then asked, "How did my tone affect your mood? " A collective sigh lifted the tension, numerous hands went to chests and a few "Oh my Gods" slipped into the growing murmur of relief. That's how we started talking about the concept of tone and mood. That was about two weeks ago. Students in sixth grade have to analyze pieces of literature for the tone the author used in a particular piece of writing. This has been a difficult concept for me to teach in the past. Analysis of Art - Transmediation To help children develop their creativity I look for ways to blend my content with other disciplines.

As with any new process, we have to scaffold the learning. Thank you Google Forms. Using Marzano Question Stems in a High School Classroom | Thirty-Something and Fabulous. *******25 September 2012: If you use these questions, please let me know how they work for you. Also, if you reblog, tweet, pin on Pinterest, etc., PLEASE give me the credit I deserve. I’m not one for reinventing the wheel, but I worked extremely hard on this and am sharing it with my fellow teachers out of the kindness of my heart.

Teachers are all too familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy – levels of questioning that start off with recalling information and work their way up to the highest levels of thinking with analyzing and creating. When we create assignments for our students, we use these stems to make sure that we have varying levels of difficulty and that our students are being asked to work at their highest level of ability. For years, I have wanted to find some way to better incorporate these questions into my classroom than just a handout for the kids to do either individually or in small groups. Robert Marzano is another name that teachers know.

Analyzing Applying Knowing Evaluating. Tobytheteacher - Choice Boards. Choice Boards/Learning Menus - Gifted and Talented. 10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try. If orange is the new black, podcasting is the new oral report. And now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today. Current Event Newscasts: Practice non-fiction reading skills by having your students do weekly or monthly podcasts on an interesting current event. Reading Radio: Have your students make short radio broadcasts summarizing the books they are reading. Roving Reporters: Send your students out into the "field" (a.k.a. the school) to interview key players in important school events.

Question for you: Do you use podcasts in the classroom? BigHugeLabs: Do fun stuff with your photos. Traci Gardner. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read! The teacher shouts, "Drop Everything and Read! " and students settle into their seats to read books they've selected. This independent reading program helps students build a lifelong reading habit. Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative The old cliche, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.

Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives Students must "become" a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives. Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Analyzing the Stylistic Choices of Political Cartoonists Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson And I Quote: A Punctuation Proofreading Minilesson Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit Book Clubs: Reading for Fun.

Beyond The Book Report - Gifted Lesson Plans. The following is a guest post written by Erika Saunders. Visit her blog or follow her on Twitter @rozelialives. Interested in writing a guest post? Send me an email at! I’d love to set something up! I have never been a fan of the “Book Report”, the traditional listing of characters, settings, and plots. So, when the powers-that-be requested that our students write book reports, I just had to jump in – or rather, I was volunteered. Then, something wonderful happened. So, here is the list I created as my mind delved deeper and deeper – some I’ve gotten from some really creative teachers – thanks Ian! The beauty is that there really are no limits. 09.01.10: Movie Posters: Capturing the Essence of a Story. E-Portfolio :: Allison Pace, MAT 2011 :: Extraordinary Movie Poster. IntegrateTech4Class - Movie Poster.