Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Todd Fifth Graders Celebrate Self-Made Videos in their Video Book Talk Club Screening Celebration

Todd fifth graders recently had a virtual end-of year celebration for their Video Book Talk Club. They watched videos made by the students themselves and even got a shout-out from two famous authors!

The Video Book Talk Club is run by Todd Teacher Librarian Tara Phethean, who partnered with Briarcliff Public Library Children and Teens Librarian, Amy Kaplan. In the club students are challenged to brainstorm, write and edit scripts, rehearse, record and produce their own videos about books they love.

“They learn a myriad of real-world skills with this authentic experience,” said Mrs. Phethean, who conducted a virtual celebration in lieu of a live one due to the pandemic.

In the club students choose from a wide range of books, from fiction and biography to nonfiction and graphic novels. One of the books the students chose was the novel “Bob”, written by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass.

“We reached out to these authors and they each kindly sent along a short "shout out" congratulatory video, which we played at our event,” said Mrs. Phethean.

Some other titles chosen this year were “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling, “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier, and “Alex Rider: Stormbreaker” by Anthony Horowitz.

“I was thrilled that we were able to celebrate the students’ impressive, meaningful work virtually. The Video Book Talk Club encourages a passion for reading and gives Todd students an opportunity to create videos that will inspire other readers,” Mrs. Phethean concluded.