On Tuesday, I published a prezi video tutorial for teachers that detailed many of the bells and whistles of prezi.com and went through how to create a prezi from scratch. I think it is important to understand the underpinnings and inner-workings of any tool we use in the classroom, especially if we assign students to make them. However, I’m also a full-time English teacher and mother with papers to grade, meetings to attend, and blocks to build, so today I created a video that shows how I create a full class period prezi in less than 15 minutes. My hope is to show you that prezi can seamlessly create multi-media lessons that can be saved and tweaked for future lessons, saving time in the long run.
The prezi I am going to create in this tutorial is based on the poem, “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. I usually teach this lesson to my freshmen during our poetry unit. For other poetry unit ideas, check out these other great poetry and essay guides from Secondary Solutions!
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Emily Guthrie has taught junior high and high school English in Southern California for 8 years. She currently teaches grades 9-12, including AP English Language and Composition. She specializes in working with technology to enhance curriculum for English learners and enrichment students. She also blogs about fitness and motherhood at TheBusyMomsDiet.com.