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Get your students excited about Shakespeare with this slick Prezi introduction to the Bard’s sonnet structure and iambic pentameter. Every eye in the room will be glued to the vibrant, information-packed animation in this poetry presentation.
This 31-slide Prezi includes detailed descriptions of iambic pentameter, iams, rhyme scheme, and Shakespeare's sonnet structure. Skills are put into practice with a close look at Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130. You can use this Prezi as a stand-alone lecture (about 25 minutes) or pair it with the bonus poetry writing activity included in the packet. The extra activity will take students another 20-to-25 minutes to complete, though some students will likely need to finish it as homework.
A dazzling alternative to Powerpoint, Prezi allows presenters to “zoom” to their next slide and the modern design captivates a teen audience. Students love my Prezis and beg me all the time to make more of them. 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, which looks great 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 Prezi slides. I hope you enjoy this fresh approach to lecturing that’s sure to impress your students.
3-page PDF handout of sonnet assignment, to be completed either in class or as homework. The first page is for all students. The second page features sonnet topics for middle school students, while the third page includes sonnet topics more appropriate for high school writers.
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).
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