This is a four week long out of class assignment to supplement a high school English class. This was taught with 10th grade Honors students and they loved it!
The IRP is just that, an Independent Reading Project. Students are given an extensive list of popular YA literature books with a short summary for each book. Students must choose one book from the list and read it outside of class (some novel choices include explicit language or mature themes so you may want to create a permission slip at your discretion). (It is important to note that some of your students may have read these books or viewed the movie. I tricked my students into having a discussion prior to introducing the project and made notes to which students have been exposed to which book). One class session per week students will break into small groups to discuss their book selections (discussion questions are NOT provided--I split my small groups up so that each student was reading a different book and they could talk about their selections to hopefully encourage the other students to read their book upon finishing the project). At the end of the month (or a couple weeks into the project, your choice) students will be given a final project to create a movie trailer. Directions are given, a grading rubric is also included. Additionally, step by step directions to using Microsoft Photo Story are included (there are multiple programs that can make movie trailers but this was the program our school allowed us to download).
-Intro to the project with a book list of about 20 choices and summaries
-Directions for using Microsoft Photo Story
-Movie Trailer Project
-Movie Trailer Rubric