Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Trailers from Ms. Senning's Class #resvt #vsla #vted

Fourth graders at RES are wrapping up a unit on media literacy. They learned about several strategies that advertisers use to get people's attention and convince them to buy products. Then they practiced finding those strategies in different kinds of advertisements. Finally, the scholars created video advertisements for books, also known as book trailers, to try to convince other scholars to read their favorite stories.

We hope you enjoy the book trailers! Can you identify some of the strategies used by our scholars? They may include Association, Bandwagon, Beautiful People, Bribery, Celebrity Endorsements, Experts, Explicit Claims, Fear, Humor, Intensity, Maybe/Weasel Words, Plain Folks, Testimonials, Repetition, and Warm and Fuzzy.

We share all our scholars' book trailers on YouTube and Twitter. Sometimes we hear back from authors that they liked the trailers! We have added those mentions below the videos.










S.S. Taylor, the Author of The Expeditioners, liked this book trailer on Twitter!











The author of Life of Ty, Lauren Myracle liked this book trailer on Twitter!








Dan Gutman, the author of Never Say Genius, complimented this book trailer on Twitter!




Book Trailers from Mrs. LeFrancois' Class #resvt #vsla #vted

Fourth graders at RES are wrapping up a unit on media literacy. They learned about several strategies that advertisers use to get people's attention and convince them to buy products. Then they practiced finding those strategies in different kinds of advertisements. Finally, the scholars created video advertisements for books, also known as book trailers, to try to convince other scholars to read their favorite stories.

We hope you enjoy the book trailers! Can you identify some of the strategies used by our scholars? They may include Association, Bandwagon, Beautiful People, Bribery, Celebrity Endorsements, Experts, Explicit Claims, Fear, Humor, Intensity, Maybe/Weasel Words, Plain Folks, Testimonials, Repetition, and Warm and Fuzzy.

We share all our scholars' book trailers on YouTube and Twitter. Sometimes we hear back from authors that they liked the trailers! We have added those mentions below the videos.












Laurie Keller, the author of Arnie the Doughnut, liked this book trailer on Twitter!












Book Trailers from Mrs. Berliner's Class #resvt #vsla #vted

Fourth graders at RES are wrapping up a unit on media literacy. They learned about several strategies that advertisers use to get people's attention and convince them to buy products. Then they practiced finding those strategies in different kinds of advertisements. Finally, the scholars created video advertisements for books, also known as book trailers, to try to convince other scholars to read their favorite stories.

We hope you enjoy the book trailers! Can you identify some of the strategies used by our scholars? They may include Association, Bandwagon, Beautiful People, Bribery, Celebrity Endorsements, Experts, Explicit Claims, Fear, Humor, Intensity, Maybe/Weasel Words, Plain Folks, Testimonials, Repetition, and Warm and Fuzzy.

We share all our scholars' book trailers on YouTube and Twitter. Sometimes we hear back from authors that they liked the trailers! We have added those mentions below the videos.












The author of Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson, liked this book trailer on Twitter!








The author of Awkward, Svetlana Chmakova, liked this book trailer on Twitter!









The author of this book, Lauren Tarshis, complimented this book trailer on Twitter!



The author of this book, Dana Simpson, complimented this book trailer on Twitter!







Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Capstone Project Introduction #resvt #vsla #vted


Fourth graders are beginning Capstone Projects in their Enrichment  Library classes. They will be spending the next five months working on these individual research projects on topics they choose themselves. The scholars will be completing the following steps as they learn and present their new knowledge:

  • Choose a topic
  • Choose a research question
  • Research and take notes
  • Choose how to present your research findings 
  • Create your presentation to share your research findings
  • Evaluate your presentation with a rubric





Here's a presentation we viewed with the scholars about the Capstone process. We look forward to sharing more about these projects as the spring goes on!



The Quest for Learning Video

Examples of Capstone Projects from previous years
Erickson Capstone Projects 2015
Berliner Capstone Projects 2015 
Senning Capstone Projects 2015 




capstone image from Ceridwen. "Gwal-y-filiast Capstone." Wikimedia.org. Wikimedia Commons, 5 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Aug. 2012.