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Use this Libguide to help you in and out of the library. There are so many great resources found here! Contact Mrs. Alderson if you have any questions or suggestions!
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5 Star Book Reviews


Sharing Our Book Reviews

5th and 4th Grade:

Once you have finished writing your book review, choose how you would like to share it!

1. Publish on Destiny Quest

      Using your Google Drive, type your review up as a Google Doc. Be sure to give your Book Review a name (Example: Library Book Review).

      Copy and paste your review into Destiny Quest under the title of the book. You can rate the book, also!

*Forgot how to rate and review a book? Watch the video here.

2. Use Voki on a laptop or desktop to create a cartoon.

Go to the Voki website and click the "Create" tab. Choose an avatar that would make sense for your book. (For example: The One and Only Ivan could be an elephant or a gorilla) Decide on what it will look like, give it a background and then give your character your review to read. You can:

-record your voice with the laptop microphone or headphones reading your review

-type your review to be read in a voice you choose

Save and share with Mrs. Sharp!

3. Record a video of yourself sharing your book review. Use the Flip camera to record it (have a friend help you) and then Mrs. Sharp will put it on the LibGuide.




Five Easy Steps to Making a Great Book Trailer

Step One: Study the Masters

  • Watch some book trailers. Think about what you like and don't like about them. What makes them good? (Some links for book trailers are on the left.)
  • Using the Analyzing Book Trailers form, watch some book trailers and take notes on what you notice.
  • Do you notice that they ALWAYS give you the author and title of the book?
  • Watch the video about storyboarding in the movie industry.

Step Two: Tell a story

·         How will you tell the story of your book? Think about the images, the text, and the sounds. All of these need to FIT your book. Scary? Funny? Serious? Exciting?

·         The text on the screen should be short and snappy. Try a question, to make your viewer think.

·         How will you grab the viewer's attention?

·         Print the planning and storyboard templates on the right. Use them write your plan and create your storyboard.

Step Three: Choose your images and music

·         Choose pictures with a Creative Commons license. Remember to copy the link to every image, so that you can give proper credit.


·         For characters in your book try to match race, hair color, and age.


·         You can choose to take your own pictures with a digital camera to use in your book trailer.


·         You may look at the links on the right for copyright free images.


·         Save all images to your folder.

·         Listen to the music samples in the program to find one that's just right for the story you are telling. Choose the genre that fits your book.

·         If using iMovie, you may try adding a voiceover or sound effects.

Step Four: Use the right tool for the job

  • Animoto
    • Educational use provides free, easy to use movie making.
    • Requires a user login and password, and is accessible from anywhere there is Internet access.
    • Has a variety of musical selections to choose from.
    • Text is limited to short sentences and phrases.
  • iMovie
    • It is only accessible at school.
    • Has the ability to include video clips as well as still images.
    • Has the ability to include voiceover recordings.
    • Many options for transitions between images.
    • Has a variety of musical selections and sound effects to choose from. 

Step Five: Evaluate

·         BEFORE, you turn in your book trailer, look at it. Evaluate it. Ask yourself, "Did I do my best on this assigment?"

  •  Does it make me curious about the book?
  • Do the pictures and music fit the tone of the book?
  • Does it grab my attention?
  • Is the text spelled and punctuated correctly?
  • Did I include the author and title of my book?
  • Did I include credits at the end, listing the link for every picture I used? (You don't have to give credits for your own photos.)
  • Does it address the key points on my learning rubric?

 Adapted from the VOYA article by Pamela Lowell-“Five Easy Steps to Making a Great Book Trailer that your Students-and Even Technophobes (like me)-Can Master,” with a little help from Cari Young. 

Photography Links

Important Copyright Information: Your credit information should be in the opening credits and include the following kid friendly notice.

NOTICE: I used other people's stuff to make this project. I followed rules. Please do not copy it.

Additonally, each image used must have the name of the copyright owner attached to the image. Provide the following information if available (author, title, publisher, and place and date of publication).

~From Legal Issues for School Librarians

prepared by Schwartz & Eichelbaum www.edlaw.com

  • 4 free photos
    Free Photos offers public domain and free stock images that are able to be previewed and downloaded (and used in presentations, handouts, etc.) at no cost.
  • Morgue file
    Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!
  • Flickr: Creative Commons
    As long as you provide credit, images from this site can be used without looking for copyright holder information.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    A database of 1,815,754 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
  • Book Covers
    Use the Destiny catalog to obtain images of book covers.
  • Picnik
    Photo editor that allows you to quickly put text on pictures. This is a great way to credit the creator of any images you use!
  • Wordle
    Why not create a great slide using Wordle? Create a Wordle, click on print screen, open in paint, cut out the wordle, open new window, save as jpeg.

How Do I Give Credit for my Images?

Open PowerPoint. Create a blank slide for text.

Minimize PowerPoint (-).

When you find an image that you want to use, copy [Command C] the URL from the address box up on top of the screen and paste [Command V] the URL onto your slide.  Write down a few words to describe the image.

Repeat the copy and paste step for every image.

Save the slide as a JPEG image in your blue server folder with the images. You will need to add it to your book trailer at the very end.



Storyboards in Real Life


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