Ms. Donnelly Reads

"A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives" George R.R. Martin

This week’s assignment is probably my favorite so far! Book trailers are something that I’ve wanted to do as a teacher but had no idea how to bring them to life. So, I stuck with power point presentations and the kids did it with gusto! Some of them used such creative techniques for the platform, I knew there had to be a better way for them to put their talent on display. Now, having Animoto in my teacher toolbox, I can introduce the kids to another way to demonstrate their creative abilities! And this was way more fun than creating regular old slides! There’s music! And motion! There’s not much to choose as far as font or size, but that’s ok because the heart of this project lies in the power of the images, words, and music.

Using Animoto (top trailer) wasn’t difficult or confusing (thank goodness!). It forced me to get more creative with the words and images that succinctly represented one of my favorite books of all time, Eleanor and Park. Since there is a time limit and I didn’t want to clutter the presentation, I went through numerous slides- adding and deleting to make room for more important depictions of the novel. The other thing that I loved about this assignment?? I had to read (and listen) the book again! Terrible, right?! Ha! It felt like visiting an old friend who’s been on your mind for a while and hasn’t changed a bit in the time between your last meeting. Pure joy. That’s what this assignment was!

The second trailer was created within the “Edit” tool in “My Pictures”. I had already saved the images and had the wording for the Animoto trailer, so this one went much quicker. Musically, I chose another instrumental and changed the background for the word transition slides. I’m not sure if this would be available on the school’s laptops, but it’s a fantastic alternative to Animoto because it’s free and you don’t need to sign up for any promo. The free version of Animoto has the banners across the top and bottom, which isn’t a big deal, but for a cleaner looking trailer, you’d have to pay to have them removed.

Here’s to Eleanor and Park!

Yours in Celebrating First Love,


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