FIONA FINKELSTEIN, BIG TIME BALLERINA, by Shawn Stout

by Debbie Gonzales on November 30, 2010

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The teacher guide created for Stout’s FIONA FINKELSTEIN, BIG TIME BALLERINA is the perfect compliment to an earlier ReaderKidZ post, Book Trailers as Educational Tools by Analine Johnson.

In the post Johnson states, “In creating book trailers, the components of reading are also addressed. Creating trailers requires the effective use of story elements. In addition, students have to be able to read the book and effectively capture the tone and mood of it through a nominal amount of images, text, and music – all the while being mindful of not telling the whole story.”

Stout’s guide contains the analysis of a story arc using manipulative plot point cards based on the story of Cinderella. Following this fairy tale’s analysis, the reader is guided to do the same with Fiona’s story. What’s to stop a reader to then take the analysis a step further and create their very own book trailer like Johnson suggests?

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