Grab every eye in the room with this gorgeous 43-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need to launch a study of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel, Fahrenheit 451.
The presentation includes a high-interest attention-grabber on book censorship and a quickwrite topic that will help make Ray Bradbury’s themes relevant to your students (15 minutes for writing and discussion). Then, launch into the 30-minute lecture which covers the time period and setting, profiles of five important characters, and information about historical influences including Nazi book burnings and Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s HUAC/The Red Scare. Modern connections to computer programming, digital e-readers, and school censorship are also included.
A fresh alternative to Powerpoint, Prezi allows presenters to “zoom” to their next slide and the modern design captivates a young audience. Students love the Prezi style and beg me all the time to make more of them. You can check out Prezi for free at www.prezi.com. I also have two free Prezis in my teacher store, if you want to take a look. You don’t need any special equipment or software to use Prezi. If your computer can view a YouTube video, then you can enjoy a Prezi.
Prezis run on both SMARTBoards and regular classroom computers with projectors.
Click the “Preview” button at the top of the page to take a closer look at the Fahrenheit 451 introductory Prezi. I hope you enjoy this fresh approach to lecturing that’s sure to keep your students’ attention.
Note: Due to the “zoom” animations, this zip file is large. The download will take a few minutes, so please be patient. When you get the folder, open it and launch the “Prezi.” Just ignore the other items; they’re needed to run the show. Your computer will ask if you want to “open” the web-created file. No worries; there’s no virus, so just open and enjoy. For full-screen viewing, be sure to click on the small icon in the lower right-hand corner (just like on YouTube).
Want a bundle of Fahrenheit 451 study question worksheets to help guide students as they work through the novel? Just click here!
Want even more science fiction lessons from writers like Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Isaac Asimov that will hook your students’ attention? Click here to check out my sci-fi short story mini-unit, a great lead-in to a study of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
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