We will be in the library for today's class, working on the book trailers for their choice reads. But before we break up to work independently, we are going to view finished trailers. All students from 8th to 11th grade are actually watching these particular book trailers; this just happens to be great timing.
Students will watch three book trailers; each trailer was made in house by a committee of teachers (including me) for the three summer reading options. I already posted one example here; this example is a trailer for The Art Of Racing in the Rain. All grades read the same text over the summer as part of a One School, One Book Program and the faculty develops cross-curricular activities and lessons based on the text. We also try to invite exciting speakers to come in the fall.
Like every class, we will watch the trailers and vote on one book for the school to read this coming summer. But then, to relate specifically to our task today we will also discuss how each trailer impacts our desire to read certain books (SL.9-10.1). Ultimately, we are learning about elements of persuasion and what they look like in this format. This discussion is a great transition into today's activity, as they are beginning their trailers and need to think about what an audience wants to see and hear (SL.9-10.3).