The Catalyst Longlist for 2012-13 has provoked some interesting discussions with the 3rd year English class reading them. The vast majority found something to excite them, but one or two others just couldn’t find anything in the list to motivate them.
Last week, we asked them all to vote for their three favourites and the top four were :
Interesting that the two graphic novels on the list fared well here.
After collating all the votes from across the North Lanarkshire and public libraries, the finalists are as follows:
- Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson
- Goliath by Tom Gauld
- Department 19 by Will Hill
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
We asked the class to choose their winner from this list and their result was an overwhelming vote for Goliath (17 votes), followed by A Monster Calls (7 votes) and Department 19 (3 votes).
So congratulations to Tom Gauld, author and illustrator of Goliath, winner in the eyes of Our Lady’s High School.
Now to see who wins across all of the North Lanarkshire schools and libraries!
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For the past couple of months, Mrs Jeffrey’s 3rd year English class have been working on book trailers. Some groups chose to create a trailer for a book from this year’s Catalyst Longlist, which others preferred to work on a trailer for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a novel they’d been studying in class.
I don’t think the class realised just how much work was going to be involved when we started, but over the past weeks, they’ve had to get used to:
- camera angles
- taking photographs
- iMovie software
- Garageband software
- visual effects
- sound effects
- copyright free music
- getting permission to use non-copyright free material
- creating credits
- lots of lots and lots of editing to pull it all together
- and how not to have a meltdown when the video seems to have vanished completely.
Meanwhile, Mrs Macfadyen and Mrs Jeffrey have become familiar with:
- camera juggling
- black bin bag backgrounds
- online iMovie help
- online Garagebank help
- getting advice from iMovie Guru Steinert
- locating videos
- keeping pupils from having a meltdown when their video seems to have vanished completely
Check out their work below.
Posted in Books, Competitions, Creativity, Literacy, Technology, Trailers, Video clips, Visual literacy
Tagged book trailers, Catalyst Awards, English Department, Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013, Mrs Jeffrey, To Kill a Mockingbird
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