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Keywords: Digital Book Review, Writing, Reading, Book Reviews, Library, Technology
Subject(s): Information Skills, Photography, Video, Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Journalism, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 4 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
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School: Union Middle School, Big Stone Gap, VA
Planned By: Stephanie Dean
Original Author: Stephanie Dean, Appalachia
This will be a collaborative project between the school librarian and the technology teacher.
This lesson plan allows students to pick out a favorite book and write a review of the book. The students then will video the book review and publish the review on the school website.

*Students will pick their favorite book from the library.
*Students will then write a 1 to 2-minute review of their book.
*The review will be edited for clarity and proper grammar.
*Students will pair with a friend and they will record each other's book review.
*The video will be edited and polished.
*Students will publish the digital book review on the school's web site.

Students will get excited about picking out their favorite book and writing a review. It will be a first for our students to record and publish a video review of the books.

Collaborative reading and technology project!
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
The video camera can be used by students in other classes to produce class projects.
Students will critique their work. This will be an on-going activity.
Materials: Hi-Def Camcorder, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries
Other Items: 6 Sony HD Video Recording Handicam, $263.00 each, total of $1578.00