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Educational Uses for Book Trailers

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No Spoilers Allowed!

Before YouTube, we had book talks. And, of course, we still do, but  these days, a book talk often includes a book trailer. Why? Book trailers are fun, engaging, and informative. A successful book trailer generates interest in the minds of potential readers. No spoilers allowed!

Two Reasons to Use Book Trailers:

  1. To create student interest in books by using an engaging method of presentation.
  2. To enhance student comprehension and retention by creating their own book trailers about the books they read.

The Bonus:

A wonderful bonus of student-created book trailers is the opportunity to include hands-on media literacy experiences into the curriculum.

Points to Consider for Teachers and Homeschool Parents:

  • Not all book trailers are suitable for every age. You are the final arbiter of what is and is not appropriate. 
  • Check for age-appropriateness, not only of the promoted book, but also of the images and video clips, background music, and the text in the trailer.
  • Wise teachers will preview students’ book trailers to ensure that only appropriate content is presented in the classroom. Students may require editorial advice about what is/is not appropriate to include in a school project.

How have you used book trailers in your classroom?

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About the Author

Kathrese McKee started life as a Systems Engineer at EDS, spent time in real estate, taught middle grade Reading and ESL in Texas, and settled down to blog and write speculative fiction for Young Adults.

As a teacher, she fell in love with books written for Teens and Young Adults. Her favorite books are “coming of age” stories about young people on the difficult road of self-discovery.


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