Friday, February 24, 2017

Reading Party!

Fourth graders at RES ended their second trimester with a huge reading party!  Kids got cozy with blankets, books, and buddies and immersed themselves into their reading.  Please enjoy this slideshow, courtesy of Mrs. Lefrancois!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Trailers and Media Literacy in Enrichment Library Classes

This is a guest post from our enrichment teacher, Darcie Rankin and our library media specialist, Beth Redford.

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!