The Trailer Park



Most students love to watch film and they also love to go to the movies. So they are already somewhat familiar with trailers whose purpose is to promote or market upcoming releases. Today, teachers and students can watch trailers via websites, so they are more accessible than ever. This lesson is for teachers who wish to consider using trailers to teach students how to be critical thinkers, identify mood & tone, and about persuasive techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to get hands on experience while making their own trailer for one of the videos they have previously made in your class.

In this lesson students will have the opportunity to learn what film trailers are and why they are used. This lesson will contain lecture, vocabulary, Hollywood trailer examples, and student made trailer examples.

Lesson Time

3 Class Periods
Lab time
7 - 10 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)
California Academic Content Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to identify why trailers are used today and a historical background of movie trailers.
  • Students will understand movie trailers as a form of persuasion.
  • Students will understand key vocabulary and terms of film language.
  • Students will understand the artistic composition involved in making a trailer.
  • Students will understand the importance of mood, tone, and audio in a trailer.
  • Student will create their own trailer from a short video they have already produced in your class.

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