Block Four - Lewis Theatre


Seen any good books lately? Reaching out to the Internet's more than one billion users is one of the best ways to easily and inexpensively promote your book to your target audience. Creating a book video—also known as a book trailer, book teaser, or book presenter—to pique interest in your book is a great way to communicate distinct and unique interpretations of text to a global audience. Exciting opportunities to promote books digitally reside in book trailers, video book trailers, vidlit, or digital video booktalks. Pique the interest of the Internet's global audience.

After examining a number of options for creating multimedia productions you will create a book trailer. You will then contribute your production by uploading it to a video or multimedia sharing site or by embedding it in your blog. You may also want to add it (either by linking to it or by embedding it) on our wiki Resource Links page.


Learners will think creatively, construct knowledge and develop innovative products using technology.

  • apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas and products
  • use technology for self-expression
  • recognize the interdependence and relationships within complex issues
  • identify trends and forecast possibilities

Achievement Indicators

Each learner will have created a book video that includes the following:
  • element choices, digital manipulations, and arrangements with adequate details to convey significant book occurrences
  • images and or photos from at least two different sources
  • correct citing of sources
Each learner will have posted their movie on their blog and view other's contributions.

Learning Activities

Teacher- librarians can use video book teasers to enhance booktalks, promote titles, and to inspire students to create and contribute their own videos. Joyce Valenza in her School Library Journal blog, states that "librarians can use these resources to enhance our booktalks and promote titles in a more media-rich way. We can link to already produced videos in our catalogs, our online reading lists, and our pathfinders. We can use them to inspire students to create and contribute their own videos."

View the world première of The Hollywood Librarian at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. In this recap, attendees enjoy a red-carpet entry before viewing a film that mixes representations of librarians in cinema with current issues facing librarians today

Whet your appetite for books by exploring World Wide Web premieres:
Search for more examples of student and teacher efforts on YouTube and TeacherTube.
Link to already produced videos of interest to the Resource Links page on this wiki or to your own blog.

tryitout.jpg Now it's your turn. Promote your book to a larger audience - the Internet. Book videos, also known as a book trailer, book teaser, or book presenter, are an inexpensive and unique way to pique an audience's interest in your chosen book. Ideally less than three minutes, the creation of a book video The "book trailer," as the promotional video is called, is complete with "arty cinematography and a noirish voice-over", personal connections, and a critical analysis of the reader's interpretations. Bring your book to "a screen near you" using one of the following multi-media tools:

Web-Based Application Tools

Here is a really cool idea from Wesley Fryer of Moving at the Speed of Creativity outlines this wonderful idea for using VoiceThread to have students recount key points from their favourite books.

Desktop Applications

Post your production on your own blog or to share them on **YouTube** or **TeacherTube** or **GoogleVideo** or SlideShare.

Reflect on your own and your colleagues' work via a post on your blog.

Learning Resources

This template can be used to storyboard your movie and match your text to images as you read.
JakesOnline! - great PhotoStory III Tutorials
Educational uses of Digital Storytelling (Tutorials for PhotoStory 3)
Is text-only enough for today's students? from Vick Davis


Participants are expected to complete this block, Lewis Theatre, by October 6, 2007.

Block 1: The Nominees | Block 2: The Review | Block 3: You Oughta be in Pictures | Block 4: Lewis Theatre