Looking for a fun way to teach your students how to incorporate evidence into their writing? Start off with the third activity below. It's a great way to incorporate media into the curriculum, and it's a small amount of information to process. Then, ask students to complete the fourth activity below and be sure to incorporate evidence from both trailers to back up their claim about which trailer conveys a stronger message.
Book Trailers: Predictions & Comparisons
Before You Read...
1. Take a close look at the "Official Book Trailer of The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City" on YouTube. Create a list of everything you see.
2. Can you predict what this book might be about?
3. Can you make any predictions about the main character, Josie Shilling? What from the book trailer scenes and title of the book supports your prediction?
4. Watch the "Director's Cut" Version of the Book Trailer on YouTube. The "Director's Cut" Version is below. How are the two book trailers different? How are they the same? Which book trailer version do you think conveys a stronger message about the book's premise?
5. Look closely at the design of the book cover: the colors, text, illustrations, and word choice. How would you describe the design?
6. Who do you think is the intended audience for this book? If you saw this book on the shelf, would you want to read it? Why or why not?
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