Secondary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment, Lesson Plan, Student Guide
Middle School, High School
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lesson Plan, Remix, UEN, photography
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Media Formats:

Book Review Trailer

Book Review Trailer


This lesson plan meets the secondary requirements for The Engish Language Arts Standard Reading: Literature Grades 7-12 with the option of meeting the additional standard of Speaking and Listening. This lesson offers specific details with flexibility for implementation in the classroom. Students can work independently or in groups and be able to create their final book project using technology. 

Lesson Summary

This book review trailer lesson will require students to create a book trailer using Adobe Spark Video. This lesson will be a final project and completed after finishing a class novel, assigned reading, or a book of the student's choice. The lesson can be virtual or in-person but the lesson steps here are for an in-person class. 

This lesson meets English Language Arts Standards Reading: Literature Grades 7-12

Background for teachers

The term "trailer" is used to refer to the review video because the structure should be like a "movie trailer". 


1. To teach this lesson, students will need a book they completed within the quarter/trimester and access to an iphone  or ipad to download the app (videos could also be made on a computer if necessary) 

2. The following resources will help teach this topic:

  • Example of a book review trailer-provided in this lesson
  • Student Guide-provided in this lesson
  • Rubric-provided in this lesson


Create Videos Quickly and Easily with Adobe Spark Video 

Make a Video Book Review

Learning Intentions/Objectives


1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of literary terms from an assigned or chosen text by creating a multimedia presentation

2. Students will use technology to show understanding of a novel by creating a book review trailer. 

Planning the Project


Student Background Knowledge

  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have read a novel and understand literary terms such as summary, characters, and setting.
  • Before starting the project, students should have access to the Adobe Spark Video app or access online if they are using a computer. 

Strategies for Diverse Learners

This lesson could be adapted by allowing students to use a different program such as Google Slides or Powerpoint. The project will be different for all learners based on the chosen book. Students will read books at their level.  

The lesson could also be done as a group or with partners. Just divide the sections between students. 

Step 3 - Instruction


Day 1: 

1. Introduce the project by handing out the Student Guide.

2. Show the Spark Video. (Link in resource section)

3. Review digital citizenship  and citing photo and video sources (if it has already been taught). If students have not learned about digital citizenship, teach students how to use Creative Commons and cite their sources. Show the video in resources. 

3. Answer questions about the project.


Day 2: 

1. Review the instructions for the project.

2. Have students fill out the graphic organizer on the Student Guide (Link in the resource section)

3. Help students get into Spark Video if they need help. If not, they can begin working on the project. 


Day 3-4:

1. Students will use class time to work on the review video trailer.


Day 5-6: 

1.  Students will present their videos to the class. Students will evaluate each other on presentation and video. They can write their evaluations on a piece of paper. They need to include one positive comment and one suggestion about the presentation AND the video. 

TIP: Have students "share" or send the video to the teacher so there is not a rush to grade as the students present. 



  • Project example
  • Student Guide
  • Rubric (Created in UEN but attached here and in the assessment section)


  • YouTube tutorials for Spark Video



Students will be assessed by the teacher with the attached rubric. While this assignment focuses mostly on the text trailer, the speaking/listening portion can be easilly be added as a separate grade. 

Students will also be assessing their peers. *See section above for instructions