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Summary Movie

Use iMovie to put a new twist on writing summaries.


  • Students will summarize a reading selection by creating an iMovie.


  • After reading a book or a portion of a book, ask students to develop a summary of what was read.
  • Have students record their summaries into iMovie.
  • Create a selection of images from which the students will choose clips to make their movies.


  • Review the geometric figures the students are asked to locate.
  • Let the students know they will need to locate these figures in the classroom or on the school grounds.
  • Send them out in pairs (photographer, spotter) and make sure they switch jobs.
  • Print the pictures and have the students write to explain why they chose each shape and how it represents the geometric figures requested.
  • Put the photos together as a book.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.A.1.2.4
  • LA.A.2.2.5
  • LA.C.3.2.2
  • VA.A.1.2.1

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively.
  • Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.


  • Reading selection
  • iMovie
  • Clips for iMovie (scanner, website, digital camera)


  • Show the class the student-created movies and have creators defend their choice of clips.
  • Students can summarize different parts of a book and put all of their movies together to create one big movie for the whole book.

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