Over the last week we have begun using our Mayoral Make-a-books to create a read aloud iMovie. This has been a great experience because we are using technology to help us with our reading in a fun and creative way.
Mrs Baldwin took photos of all the pages in our books before they were sent away for the competition. We decided in our group, who would read each page. We have been practising reading the pages aloud. It is very important that we use expression in our voices and read fluently and clearly so that whoever listens can understand and be entertained by our story.
The four things good readers do when reading with expression are:
(1) They change pitch. Expressive readers make their voices go up and down. They go up at the beginning of a sentence and down at the end (up slightly if it ends with a question mark).
(2) They change rhythm. Expressive readers speed up and slow down when they read. They also take appropriate pauses—big ones at the end of a sentence, smaller ones in between and after commas.
(3) They change volume. Expressive readers say some words louder than others. In general, little words are said softer than more important words. Changes in volume are often used to create emphasis.
(4) They change tone. Sometimes readers use a soft, warm voice; sometimes their voice is cold and hard. They do this to communicate different feelings—soft and warm usually means nice, calm, or even sad; hard and cold can mean scary, angry, or excited.
We have all now created a title page for our movie which is ‘Mayoral Make-A-Book 2016.’ We have begun uploading the pictures of our book into the movie. The fun part so far has been choosing the sound effects that we can include in our story to make it more entertaining.
An example is that if our story said ‘In a dark and stormy night, the girl crept out of bed.’ We could find a sound effect such as “heavy rain” that would match what is happening in our story at that time.
We are now up to recording our voices using iMovie and incorporating the sound effects throughout the story. This requires skill because we have to drag and move the sound effects and recordings around to match the pictures and make sure that there is no awkward pauses or mismatched pictures and sounds. This means we need a lot of patience and ‘trial and error’ and we always need to make sure we listen back to what we have recorded.
Our next step will be to place all the transitions in between each photos and any last minute visual effects.
Once we have finished Mrs Baldwin will upload them onto our blog and hopefully use them to create a QR code that can be sent home to parents to keep. Stay tuned for part 2 for more info…