Grab every eye in the room with this gorgeous 40-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need as you launch your study of William Shakespeare’s classic play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
The presentation includes a quickwrite topic that will help make Hamlet’s situation 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 eight important characters, detailed maps explaining Fortinbras’ military designs on the region, conflicts/themes, foils, and allusions to Julius Caesar. The package also includes multimedia clips (links to YouTube) to show your students traditional (late medieval) and modern treatments of the material.
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. 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. A bonus link to a media clip that’s not part of the main lecture will require an internet connection to run. I use this clip at the conclusion of our study of the play. See slide #39 for a teacher’s note about this.
Click the “Preview” button at the top of the page to take a closer look at the Hamlet lecture materials. I hope you enjoy this fresh approach to launching your study of the play.
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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” icon. 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).
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