Multi-Media Book Trailers

By: Diedre Allen



Students will read a self-selected fiction book independently. After completion of the book, students will create a multi-media book trailer (modeled after a movie trailer) to advertise the book. Students can use presentation software (i.e., Powerpoint, Keynote);

Keywords: literature; movie maker; independent reading


1. Students will read a self- selected fiction book independently.
2. Students will identify the main characters in their self-selected book.
3. Students will identify the problem in their self-selected book.
4. Students will identify the setting in their self-selected book.
5. Students will create a multi-media book trailer to advertise the book to other students; the trailer should include the characters, setting, and problem of the book.


Reading Comprehension: The student uses a variety of strategies to comprehend grade level text. (LA.5.1.7)
The student will:
3. determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level text through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details; (LA.
Fiction: The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of the elements of a variety of fiction and literary texts to develop a thoughtful response to a literary selection. (LA.5.2.1)
The student will:
1. demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of various genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms with distinct characteristics and purposes; (LA.
2. locate and analyze the elements of plot structure, including exposition, setting, character development, rising/falling action, problem/resolution, and theme in a variety of fiction; (LA.
Media Literacy: The student develops and demonstrates an understanding of media literacy as a life skill that is integral to informed decision making. (LA.5.6.3)
The student will:
1. examine how ideas are presented in a variety of print and nonprint media and recognize differences between logical reasoning and propaganda; and (LA.
2. use a variety of reliable media sources to gather information effectively and to transmit information to specific audiences. (LA.
Technology: The student develops the essential technology skills for using and understanding conventional and current tools, materials and processes. (LA.5.6.4)
The student will:
1. select and use appropriate available technologies to enhance communication and achieve a purpose (e.g., video, presentations); and (LA.
2. determine and use the appropriate digital tools (e.g., word processing, multimedia authoring, web tools, graphic organizers) for publishing and presenting a topic. (LA.


Academic Preparation

1. Students need to know the parts of a story (characters; setting; problem).
2. Students and teacher should have knowledge of a movie making software (i.e. iMovie, Windows Movie Maker) or presentation software (i.e., Powerpoint, Keynote). Tutorials are available at the link below.


1. Students will be introduced to the assignment prior to selecting their book. The teacher will explain that students should select a fiction book that they will read and create an advertisement for to persuade other students to read the book.
2. As students read their book independently they should keep a journal with notes about the main characters, setting, and problem of the story.
3. After reading the story, students will create a 60-90 second multi-media advertisement for the book. Students' advertisement should be modeled after movie trailers that students have seen on television or during movie previews.
4. The book-trailers can be made with clip art and photographs taken from the website below or students can take their own pictures.


1. The teacher will asses the students' book trailers based on the inclusion of the main characters, setting, and problem. Students should not include the solution to the problem - the trailer should engage viewers in the book and persuade them to read it themselves.
2. Students will be assessed on self-selection of an appropriate book for their independent reading level and the assignment.

Extensions and Adaptations

1. Students can create a poster to advertise the book if multi-media technology is not available.
2. Students can work with partners or in small groups to advertise a book read as a literature circle.
3. Students can create an advertisement for a teacher read aloud book.

Estimated Lesson Duration

3hr 00min