Reflection: Student Ownership Creating Book Trailers to Persuade Our Peers (Day 2 of 4) - Section 2: Creating Books Trailers Independently


I learned a lot today. I learned that teenagers aren't really that good at technology. I've wondered about this concept in the past, but working on this project has cemented my beliefs that we give them too much technological credit. I don't mean to sound belittling. They certainly know particular aspects of technology well-- social media, photography apps on their pocket screens-- but they are terrible typists and they have little understanding of how a computer stores data, and therefore how to find their work. I bring up this realization because I fear that our assumptions about their technological prowess may be damaging. How long does it take them to type an essay? I see them typing on phones all day, but that isn't quite the same, is it? What do I expect that they know that they really don't know? And is that question limited to technology?

Because the students had many questions, I was in high demand all period. Before I knew it, the bell was about to ring. My students made great progress today, despite their questions and the learning curve. They are invested. Many had a set idea and needed help turning their brainchild into reality. It was fun to watch and be a part of, listening to what they want it to look like and helping them make it happen. I think they anticipated that this project would be easy-- they were so relieved that it wasn't another essay-- but they are realizing that it's just a different kind of hard. Hopefully they will think that it's a worthwhile kind of hard.

  The Mysteries of Technology
  Student Ownership: The Mysteries of Technology
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Creating Book Trailers to Persuade Our Peers (Day 2 of 4)

Unit 19: Creating Book Trailers in iMovie for Choice Reads
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT produce a clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience by creating a book trailer for their independent reading books.

Big Idea: The book trailer each student creates will show the class how much they enjoyed the book, and maybe it will encourage them to read the book as well.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Creative and Narrative Writing, 9th, book trailers, outside read, imovie
  60 minutes
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