Ideas for Reading Counts and Technology

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					Ideas To Promote Reading Counts Using
             Technology


1. Video Book Commercial competitions (District sponsored).

2. Have students create a PowerPoint presentation on a book
   they have read and passed posted to the school website.

3. Email students in other schools and/or classes in the District
   about Reading Counts books they have read and passed.

4. Use word processing software to produce a book review that
   can be printed and posted in the media center, classroom,
   and/or on the school website.

5. Have students write a book review. Take their picture with a
   digital camera and place it on the book review, mount on
   construction paper, laminate it, and display it in the media
   center or classroom.

6. Let students research an author on a book they have passed
   and create a presentation.

7. Have students use Microsoft Publisher to create a flyer as a
   book advertisement.

8. Do live book commercials on the morning news program.

9. Post book reviews on the school electronic bulletin board (if
   available).

10. Teach students to use the digital camera to take pictures of
    Reading Counts winners and let them create cards to send
    home to parents.

11. Have students produce multi-media projects on a book that
    they have read.
   Reading Counts! Video Book Commercial


     Dillon School District Four is sponsoring The Reading Counts!
Video Book Commercial Contest for all schools in the district.

       This program is open to all students in the district. To
participate, a student must read and pass a test on a book in The
Reading Counts! Program. The student may then choose to create a
commercial promoting the book.

        Criteria For Elementary Video Book Commercial:

  1. Student will read and pass a test on a book in The Reading
     Counts! Program.
  2. Student will develop a commercial of one (1) to two (2) minutes
     in length promoting the book. Never tell the ending of the book.
     Tell why students would want to read this book.
  3. Student may choose to dress in costume associated with the
     book.
  4. Student may choose to use a drawing or any prop within reason
     to illustrate the book or its theme.
  5. Student may dramatize an important event in the book. Never
     reveal the conclusion.
  6. Student must submit the Video Commercial Proposal Form to
     the library for approval.
  7. Student must submit the book to the library at the same time
     the Video Commercial Proposal Form is turned in.
  8. Dillon School District Four reserves the right to reject any
     commercial proposal which does not meet criteria or that
     violates any school rules.




    Video Book Commercial Proposal Forms Are Available In The School
                Media Center And On The District Website
 READING COUNTS! VIDEO BOOK COMMERCIAL PROPOSAL
                       FORM

Student Name__________________________________Grade________
Do you have a signed Video Permission Form on file in the Media Center? Yes
No (If no, stop here.)

Homeroom Teacher_______________________________
Title of Book____________________________________
Did you read and pass a Reading Counts! Test on this book?
____Yes ____No If no, do not fill out the rest of this form.

DIRECTIONS                           Answer the following:

1. On a separate sheet of paper, tell exactly what you plan to do in your
commercial.
       Example:      I am going to tell why students would like to read this
                     book. I will not be pictured, only the book.
       Example:      The book and I both will be pictured as I tell students why
                     they would like to read this book. I will be sitting down. I will
                     be standing up. The book will be placed where?
       Example:      A group of three (3) students will assist me as we dramatize
                     a scene from the book. We are going to…(tell exactly what
                     each person will do).
THESE ARE ONLY EXAMPLES. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF! BE CREATIVE!
2. On a separate sheet of paper, tell verbatim (word for word) what you are
going to say about the book. If more than one person speaks, you must list each
person and write exactly what he or she is going to say. Please skip lines.
3. Now, read what you wrote and time yourself. How many minutes and
seconds did it take you? (MUST BE LESS THAN TWO (2) MINUTES).
____Minutes ____Seconds
4. Are you going to use any special props or costumes? If so, what? List here.

5. If you had your choice of places to video tape your commercial, where would
you like to have it taped?
Choice Number 1: __________________________________
Choice Number 2: __________________________________
6. Staple these papers together placing this sheet on top.
7. Teacher who read and approved my video commercial:

Teacher’s Signature: ________________________________

8. RETURN THESE PAPERS TO YOUR MEDIA SPECIALIST ALONG WITH
THE BOOK.
   Reading Counts! Video Book Commercial


     Dillon School District Four is sponsoring The Reading Counts!
Video Book Commercial Contest for all schools in the district.

       This program is open to all students in the district. To
participate, a student must read and pass a test on a book in The
Reading Counts! Program. The student may then choose to create a
commercial promoting the book.

        Criteria For Secondary Video Book Commercial:

     1. Student will read and pass a test on a book in The Reading
        Counts! Program.
     2. Student will develop a commercial of one (1) to two (2)
        minutes in length promoting the book. Never tell the ending
        of the book. Tell why students would want to read this book.
     3. Student may choose to narrate the commercial and not be
        pictured on television.
     4. Student may choose to dress in costume associated with the
        book.
     5. Student may choose to use a drawing or any prop within
        reason to illustrate the book or its theme.
     6. Student may dramatize an important event in the book.
        Never reveal the conclusion.
     7. Student may have up to three (3) other students to assist
        him or her in the presentation of the commercial.
     8. Student must submit the Video Commercial Proposal Form
        to the library for approval.
     9. Student must submit the book to the library at the same time
        the Video Commercial Proposal Form is turned in.
     10. Dillon School District Four reserves the right to reject any
        commercial proposal which does not meet criteria or that
        violates any school rules.


    Video Book Commercial Proposal Forms Are Available In The School
                Media Center And On The District Website
 READING COUNTS! VIDEO BOOK COMMERCIAL PROPOSAL
                       FORM

Student Name__________________________________Grade________
Do you have a signed Video Permission Form on file in the Media Center? Yes
No (If no, stop here.)

Homeroom Teacher_______________________________
Title of Book____________________________________
Did you read and pass a Reading Counts! Test on this book?
____Yes ____No If no, do not fill out the rest of this form.

DIRECTIONS                           Answer the following:

1. On a separate sheet of paper, tell exactly what you plan to do in your
commercial.
       Example:      I am going to tell why students would like to read this
                     book. I will not be pictured, only the book.
       Example:      The book and I both will be pictured as I tell students why
                     they would like to read this book. I will be sitting down. I will
                     be standing up. The book will be placed where?
       Example:      A group of three (3) students will assist me as we dramatize
                     a scene from the book. We are going to…(tell exactly what
                     each person will do).
THESE ARE ONLY EXAMPLES. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF! BE CREATIVE!
2. On a separate sheet of paper, tell verbatim (word for word) what you are
going to say about the book. If more than one person speaks, you must list each
person and write exactly what he or she is going to say. Please skip lines.
3. Now, read what you wrote and time yourself. How many minutes and
seconds did it take you? (MUST BE LESS THAN TWO (2) MINUTES).
____Minutes ____Seconds
4. Are you going to use any special props or costumes? If so, what? List here.

5. If you had your choice of places to video tape your commercial, where would
you like to have it taped?
Choice Number 1: __________________________________
Choice Number 2: __________________________________
6. Staple these papers together placing this sheet on top.
7. Teacher who read and approved my video commercial:

Teacher’s Signature: ________________________________

8. RETURN THESE PAPERS TO YOUR MEDIA SPECIALIST ALONG WITH
THE BOOK.

				
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