Students Become Movie Makers at South County HS

School News
February 24, 2020

students learning from Kevin LawtonStudents in Vera Woodson’s Marketing class at South County High partnered with the school librarian team of Emily Strong and Lisa Muir, and were introduced to Kevin Lawton, digital content specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools. Lawton brought his extensive knowledge of movie and digital creation to the classroom to energize students engaged in the process of creating movie trailers. The project-based learning outline allows students to self-select a 250 or more page book from the school library, create a pitch packet business plan, and develop a movie trailer to convince Hollywood executives why the book should be a movie.  Students selected all kinds of books, including young adult, cultural heritage, dystopian novels, and autobiographies.  Student-featured movie trailers will be highlighted during the school’s I Can Film Festival, held during the school day. The project-based learning process aligns with the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate goals of providing students with the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and become a resilient and critical-thinking global citizen. Contact Vera Woodson at