Use the styles of beloved young adult literature authors (J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, John Green, and so many more!) to teach your students six simple and effective techniques that will IMMEDIATELY improve their sentence flow and writing voice.
This 28-slide Prezi presentation and 2-page student handout (with 2-page answer key) will introduce your students to easy-to-use and highly effective techniques to improve their effectiveness on the page.
Six skills are taught, including:
Adjectives shifted out of order
Similes and Metaphors
For each topic, student-written samples from a previous class are included with before and after revisions. Each topic also includes a sample of the technique being used by a famous professional writer. From Ernest Hemingway to John Steinbeck to Stephen King (and, yes, I even threw in a Pat Benatar lyric – I couldn’t help myself), the short, beautifully crafted passages are sure to entertain and inspire your students.
After the 30-minute lecture, helps solidify the writing techniques in students' minds by practicing each skill as they examine and mimic a wide variety of authors' works. Finally, have your students apply the techniques to their own (and peer) writings. Instant improvement!
A dazzling alternative to Powerpoint, Prezi allows presenters to “zoom” to their next slide and the modern design captivates a teen 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 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. 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).
Please note that this product is also sold as part of my larger short story unit, which you can see by clicking HERE.
No need to purchase from this page if you've already bought the larger unit.
Also, this item is included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum
. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.
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