**This project can be used with any novel, novella or play. It comes with a reproducible worksheets to help your students plan and organize.
The saying “Show, don’t tell!” applies here in the most literal sense. There’s no better way to demonstrate reading comprehension by actually acting out a montage of key scenes from a story. However, this involves more than just acting out lines in a dramatic sense; it requires students to establish mood and tone while giving an overview of the plot to generate interest for potential movie-goers, (or in this case, readers). As you put this into practice you’ll come to realize that students benefit from this project when dealing with the more complicated texts. This will require teamwork, quote memorization, and creativity in how to use music, setting, costume, and lighting to create mood and tone. The end products are fun to watch and great to use with future classes as a preview of the novel they are about to read.
Students will need two weeks to produce the video on their own time, but if you have a media productions class on campus and can coordinate with the teacher, your students can produce the videos at school in a shorter period of time. Even better (but not necessarily realistic) you can set aside time in class over several days for the students to write, stage, and film their trailers during class time utilizing space in larger areas of the campus.
This is a group project, but the grouping numbers will depend on the number of characters in the novel or play. Also, you may want to offer this as an optional final project with another non-technological project as an alternative.