Hugo Project - LIS 524

Project for School

For my LIS 524 Field Experience, I am working on a project to promote reading in the School Library Media Center.  The idea I have is born out of my desire to find books that reluctant, male readers in primary and secondary education would have an interest in reading and having some fun with.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The book of choice for this project is Brian Selznick's, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  A before or after school book club would be formed for those students interested in reading the book.  The book trailer and interview videos from the author (posted by Becky Shuffield on Vimeo) would be embedded on the School Library Media Center's website, in the same fashion as in this blog.

The Book Club

In addition to reading the book, I've come up with a 3-tiered project that was inspired by all of Selznick's beautiful illustrations, to stimulate the students' creativity.
  • Phase #1: Be the Artist...Students would tell a story of their own through drawing only.  Students would be grouped in pairs and swap drawings with their partner.
  • Phase #2: Write the Story...Students would then write a short story based on their interpretation of the author's (their peer's) illustrations.
  • Phase #3: Collaborate & Share the Story...Students discuss the interpretations with their partner and prepare a presentation to share with the group.  Their presentation can be in the form of an original book trailer based on the collaborative work, including the drawing and the short story, for example.
The idea is a work in progress, but I think it would resonate well with students.  The illustrations in Selznick's book tell a story themselves and make me wish I had such a gift.  This project would give the individual students an opportunity to tell stories through drawing, interpret and read between the lines of their peer's artwork, and work collaboratively to produce a compelling story.  Additional lessons learned and skills acquired or practiced would be how to work through creative differences, compromise, and potentially video production (should they choose to create a trailer).

The Books

On the site, I thought it would be nice to use Shelfari to display the books we intend to read for Book Club.  Check out my shelf:


The videos I would embed on the School Library Media Center's website are below.  I'd later want to, with permission, post student projects there as well.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret book trailer from Becky Shuffield on Vimeo.
Book trailer for The Invention of Hugo Cabret for use in school library with QR codes

Brian Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret from Becky Shuffield on Vimeo.
An interview with the author of Hugo Cabret; for use in a school library as a book trailer link for a QR Code.