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Pupils in 3rd year are working on book trailers. Most of the class are entering the Catalyst trailers competition, but others have preferred their class novel study, To kill a mockingbird. We’re allowing them a maximum of two minutes and they can create their trailer using iMovie, MovieMaker or Powerpoint, depending on their own confidence in the software. We had intended to all use iMovie but I’ve been off sick so we lost a lot of time.

Today was all about creating their storyboards. Their teacher, MJ, had already spoken to them about trailers in general, specific angles and shown them some examples. The format is up to them: they can use drawings, photographs and even video clips if they think they’ve got time. They can star in it themselves or build models from Lego or Plasticine. To be honest the levels of creativity and enthusiasm in this class are such that all you have to do is say ‘Go’ and they’re off and running. The only thing we’re short ofย  is time!

Given the time constraints, we have to tone down some of their wilder ideas. It’s been a while since I’ve read To kill a mockingbird, so I was bemused when one group were determined to cover one of their number in ham. I thought they were referring to her acting abilities (oops!) Only when it was mentioned by another group did I realise they were referring to Scout’s ham costume.

I was also chuffed when another group checked whether they could use illustrations from the wonderful, A monster calls by Patrick Ness, a long-listed Catalyst book. Harping on about copyright all the time is obviously paying off ๐Ÿ™‚

Another group are using the Catalyst long-listed book, Goliath by Tom Gauld (which is an outstanding graphic novel; highly recommended). I was making sure they were also aware of copyright restrictions, when they blithely informed me they weren’t going to use any of the illustrations.

“We’re going to make a live action version,” they declared.

“A live action version of a graphic novel version of a story told in the Bible?”

One of the group stopped in his tracks.

“Is it really in the Bible?” he asked.

His colleagues stared.

“Goliath? As in David and Goliath? Did you not get that?”

“Oh,” he said, “I didn’t realise it was that Goliath.”


You can always rely on learning something new in the library ๐Ÿ™‚