Friday, March 11, 2011

The Book Trailer Assignment

The main difference between a movie trailer and a book trailer is that a movie trailer already has visual images to work with - clips from the film. With a book trailer, the maker has to convert the written words into visual images. The trick is to convey a sense of what the book is about without giving anything away. 

The Book Trailer

Your book trailer must include information that reveals your understanding of the following elements within your novel:
  • characters
  • plot--be very carefull not to 'give away' the climax of the novel
  • setting
  • theme
  • tone/mood

How to Begin…
  1. Storyboard your ideas out.  This is probably the most important step of the whole creating process since if it's not done properly, your whole project will be difficult.  Check out the following link for the stroyboard you are to use.  Make sure you have a ``hook`` to grab the viewers attention.
    1. Storyboard -The first thing you want to consider is how to convey the idea of your book, and get people excited about it - excited enough to want to read it!  Remember the activities we did with storyboarding...You can see them here if you need some practice.
  2. Think about how you want your trailer to look.
    1. Perhaps a video compiled of still images or a mixture of stills and video....It's up to you.
    2. A musical background to add interest and emotion.
    3. What method of changing from one scene to the next do you want to employ? Do you want to fade to black? Or use some kind of manipulation that gives the impression of a page turning, or a spiraled fade?
  3. Take a look at some more good movie trailers, since most people are more familiar with those. What made you want to go see the movie? Did the intensity build as the trailer progressed? Did the music quicken, or create a particular feeling?
  4. Now that you have it all mostly planned out (remember that it's fine to make changes throughout the process), it's time to start using some technolgy to take your idea from a vision to reality.  The technology we will be using for this projectg is since it offers images, text, voice and video.
Where to begin

1. Go to Concept Map Website and begin planning your book trailer.  Your concept map should contain the main concepts of Theme, Setting, Characters and Plot.  Begin to plan out what you want to include in your book trailer

2. Next, either use the paper or digitial version of your stroyboard template  ( storyboard template #1 or storyboard template #2 ) to begin planning your book trailer.  Remember each slide should be planned prior to design taking place.  I understand that changes will take place throughout, but try to get a good base thought out.

3. Go to  and begin designing your book trailer.  Make sure you have text, images, video and voice (others and your own) included in your book trailer.

*Check out some of the book trailers we did earlier in the year (Daniel's Story) for some great ideas.

Book Trailer


Book Trailer Rubric

The Outsiders Book Trailer


  1. I teach 8th grade English in Illinois and have been looking for help with the book trailer idea! This has been really helpful! I noticed you have Student pages; do they log into your blog to post?


  2. No, each student has their own blog (you can see their links on my blog) and they post their assignments there.

  3. This is a fantastic resource! So glad I stumbled upon it. I am incorporating interactive technology into my classroom/library and am seeing resources here that I have been seeking. May I use/borrow/link to resources for my students?