New Literacies, New Texts: Students and Teachers Read, Write, and Create Videos

Presenters: Dr. Hiller Spires, Professor & Sr. Research Fellow, Friday Institute, NC State University

Lisa Hervey, M. Ed., NBCT, Research Associate, Friday Institute, NC State University

Learning Outcomes for This Session:
  • You will recognize and explain a metaphor from a favorite literary work.
  • You will create a book talk that incorporates a metaphor from the literary work.
  • You will use a Flip camera to record your book talk.
Tools Used for this PBI

I. Beginning with the End in Mind: Here are Sample Booktalks (10 minutes)

Voice is a Powertool
Silence is a Prison

To view more booktalks, click here.

II. What is a Metaphor? How is it Used to Advance Literary Thinking? (5 minutes)

III. In Groups of 5, Create Your Booktalk (30 minutes)

PHASE I: 20 minutes
  • Select a book for which you would like to create a booktalk.
  • Decide on a prevailing metaphor related to the book.
  • Storymap the plan for your 1-minute video.

PHASE II: 10 minutes
  • Use a Flip camera to video your booktalk. Your video should be 1 minute or less. Here are some Flip Camera Directions & Tips.
  • After you have made a video of your 1 minute booktalk, give us your Flip camera and we will download your booktalk.

IV. Publish and Share Your Booktalks (5 minutes)

If you have your laptop with you, upload your book talk to

V. Reflection (10 minutes)

How can you use this activity in your classroom?
What learning advantages do you see for your students?


Spires, H., Hervey, L., Morris, G., & Stelpflug, C. (in press). Energizing project-based inquiry: Middle grade students read, write, and create videos. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Spires, H., Hervey, L., & Watson, T. (in press). Scaffolding the TPACK framework with literacy teachers: New literacies, new minds. In S. Kajder's and C.A. Young (Eds.). Research on English language arts and technology. Greenwich, CN: Information Age Press.

Using Wikis in the English class:

More Web 2.0 Tools Than You Can Stand:
Cool Tools for Schools

Teaching Online Reading Comprehension:

1. File Organization and Software Selection
2. Image Selection and Manipulation
3. Online Search Skills
4. Critical Evaluation of Online Resources
5. Copyright and Citation for Online Resources