Grab every eye in the room with this compelling 43-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need as you launch your study of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
The presentation includes a quickwrite topic that will help make the play’s characters and themes relevant to your students (15 minutes for writing and discussion). Then, launch into the 30-minute Julius Caesar intro. lecture which covers the time period and setting, background of the Crassus/Pompey/Caesar triumvirate, profiles of six important characters, themes, historical information (Rome’s Feast of Lupercal and Shakespeare’s commentary about the power grab in Elizabethan England), and modern frameworks to help students connect the drama of Ancient Rome to today’s world. The package also includes two short video clips that connect the play to modern teen life and provide a dramatic preview of Act 1 to help build student anticipation.
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 a free Prezi at 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 this Julius Caesar intro. Prezi. I hope you enjoy this fresh approach to lecturing that’s sure to keep your students’ attention.
Want more modern and compelling lessons to help your students get excited about their study of Julius Caesar? Click HERE to view my full Julius Caesar unit, including FIVE WEEKS of high-interest lesson materials.
Please note that this lesson is included in the unit bundle. No need to purchase this lesson separately if you've already purchased the money-saving bundle.
Note: Due to the “zoom” animations and video clips, 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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