Prezi is a great alternative to using Powerpoint or other standard presentation lectures in your class. It is a cloud-based software that creates interesting, fluid, and animated presentations that will keep your students' attention. I have had great success with using these presentations in class.
If you want to see a SHORTENED, preview version of the presentation in order to get a sense of the animation, copy and paste the following link into your address bar:
This particular presentation is an examination of personification. I got the original idea for the lesson from an educational link on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website. The site suggested using Jimi Hendrix's song "The Wind Cried Mary" to teach students the definition of personification.
The beauty of this lesson is that it goes beyond simply showing the DEFINITION of personification. It demonstrates the reasons WHY an author might use figurative language like personification in their work. A few times, I've even literally had the "Ahh Haa" moment when presenting this lesson because it demonstrates the effect of the figurative technique rather than just providing an example.
The lesson also relates to Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," and several slides in the presentation demonstrate this link. Like the Hendrix song, Poe's famous poem utilizes personification to underscore his theme. As such, this lesson could be used in conjunction with teaching the poem, or it could be used as a stand-alone lesson to teach personification.