Prezi is similar to a PowerPoint in that they are both presentation tools, but that is where their similarities end.
Prezi Presentations are created on a "canvas" rather than on "slides". This helps to encourage focusing on combining text, pictures and video clips. Items on the canvas can be dragged, tilted, and zoomed to create an engaging look that really grabs students attention. Prezi Presentations are also FANTASTIC for hitting many learning styles at once (especially if you include video clips and pictures like I do)
I personally like incorporating Youtube clips in my Prezis as much as possible (the kids enjoy that as well). I think it is also beneficial for students to see the literary elements we discuss in class brought to life in video clips and in pictures.
If you would like to see an example of a Prezi for free you can check out my free listing Learning Styles Prezi
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This is a pre reading Prezi for the book "Anthem" by Ayn Rand (Now with Handout for students to follow along with!)
The prezi starts with students responding to 12 questions about freedom, equality, and ethics.
Students are then given some background information about the book's premiss and Ayn Rand.
From there they watch a short clip about communism and compare what they know about the society of Anthem to a communist nation.
Then they meet the main characters of the book
Finally, students are given the chapter names from the book and are asked to make predictions on what could be happening based on the chapter titles.
Students follow along while filling out the included handout (They can then retain the handout for studying later!)
Check out the sample to see the handout!
**Note: This includes a prezi link that MUST be typed as it is written. If you try to cut and paste or click the link you will get a message that says, "Prezi not found."
More Pre Reading Prezis:
Animal Farm by George Orwell Pre Reading Prezi with Handout
Anthem by Ayn Rand Pre Reading Prezi with Handout
Catching Fire Pre Reading Prezi with handout
Charlotte's Web Pre Reading Prezi
Hunger Games Pre Reading Prezi with Handout
Monster by Walter Dean Myers Pre Reading Prezi
Night by Elie Wiesel Pre reading Prezi
The Fault in our Stars by John Green Pre Reading Prezi
The Giver Pre Reading Prezi
The Outsiders Pre Reading Prezi
To Kill A Mockingbird Pre Reading Prezi
Wonder by R.J. Palacio Pre Reading Prezi