In English class, 8th grade students have been creating “book trailers,” the culminating project for their independent reading group. All year long, 8th graders have been reading powerful books and have explored the major themes and elements of each book through close reading and reflection. Applying those skills for their independent reading, students form reading groups, select a book to read, and maintain a double-entry journal in which they explore themes, plots, characterization, use of language and literary devices, as well as make predictions, draw conclusions, make comparisons, and record reactions and ideas. The “book trailers” allow 8th graders to demonstrate their knowledge of their chosen book by combining video, still images, voice over, text, and music. The books the students selected are The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), I Am Malala, Mazerunner (James Dashner), World War Z (Max Brooks), Isaac Asimov's Nightfall, The Selection (Kiera Cass), Feed (Mira Grant), and Stephen King's The Shining and The Mist.