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Sweet History: Prezi Presentation Creation

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Author:Janie Mohajerin
System: Montgomery County
School: Georgia Washington Middle School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33178


Sweet History: Prezi Presentation Creation


This is a great lesson for incorporating informational texts and technology into the classroom. Students will create a Pezi presentation to discover the history of candy. Students investigate informational texts to find its ingredient and slogan history. Students will need access to a computer lab and Internet access. 

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
CTE (7-8) Career Cluster Explorations
1. Demonstrate basic technology skills.
Examples: managing files, using the Internet, using application programs
CTE (7-8) Career Cluster Explorations
3. Demonstrate oral presentation skills that sustain listeners' attention and interest including eye contact, clear enunciation, and use of visual aids.
  • Preparing support materials to accompany a presentation, including tables and charts
  • BMA (7-8) Computer Essentials
    1. Exhibit proper use of basic computer components, including hardware, operating systems, software, file management, and network functions.
    BMA (7-8) Computer Essentials
    7. Demonstrate procedures for creating, saving, retrieving, and delivering multimedia presentations.
    ELA2015 (7)
    1. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.7.1]
    ELA2015 (7)
    19. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the Grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.7.10]
    ELA2015 (7)
    21. Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. [W.7.2]
    a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison or contrast, and cause and effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.7.2a]
    b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. [W.7.2b]
    c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. [W.7.2c]
    d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.7.2d]
    e. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.7.2e]
    f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. [W.7.2f]
    ELA2015 (7)
    23. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 20-22 above.) [W.7.4]
    ELA2015 (7)
    25. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources. [W.7.6]
    ELA2015 (7)
    26. Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. [W.7.7]
    ELA2015 (7)
    27. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. [W.7.8]
    ELA2015 (7)
    37. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.7.2]
    a. Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old[,] green shirt). [L.7.2a]
    b. Spell correctly. [L.7.2b]
    LIT2010 (6-8) Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
    7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    LIT2010 (6-8) Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
    8. Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will employ a technology application to create a presentation.

    Students will create a presentation using Prezi.

    Students will employ Web 2.0 tools to insert pictures, web links, and organize information.

    Students will research informational texts.

    Students will organize information from informational texts.

    Students will paraphrase information from informational texts.

    Students will use the Internet to locate reliable resources for information.

    Students will read informational tables and charts.

    Students will present information to their peers. 

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    91 to 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Students should create a Prezi account at ww. (see step one)

    Computer lab access.

    Internet access.

    Students follow the Sweet History Prezi Creation Outline – cut these squares and tape them to each computer station for easy access to the students.

    Technology Resources Needed:


    The teacher should become familiar with the processes for creating a Prezi at

    Check the computer lab to be sure all computers are in working condition. Some students may work in pairs for this project if computer availability is limited.


    Step One

    Prezi account creation

    **Students will need an e-mail address in order to register for an account**

    ** Follow local policies related to student privacy and Internet safety in regards to student accounts.**

    **It is a good idea to have students write down their log-in and password information to give to you in case they forget their log-in information.**


    1. Go to
    2. Click sign up now
    3. Choose "Public" – free version
    4. Fill in the form for information. **remind students not to use nicknames**

    Spend time modeling basic operations for creating a Prezi presentation. Keep in mind that many things about Prezi will be learned through discovery learning.

    Step Two

    Modeling Lesson

    1. Project the KWL chart or have students draw: see link:
    2. Ask students to list everything they already Know about Hershey and the candy.
    3. Ask students to write questions of what they Want to know about Hershey.
    4. Project the informational article:
    5. Read the article aloud with the students.
    6. Ask students to complete what they Learned from the article.
    7. Then ask students to go back to what they want to know and list other things they want to know after reading the article.
    8. Show the Hershey's video clip: "How we make chocolate":
    9. As students to add more information to what they Learned section of the KWL.
    10. Discuss with students that they will be creating a project based on a candy product, and they will investigate to find information based on informational texts.

    Step Three

    Prezi Presentation Creation

    1. Take students to the computer lab.
    2. Give students the Sweet History: Prezi Creation Outline.(see attachments)
    3. You may assign students topics or you may allow them to choose the topic.
    4. Review expectations by also giving students the Prezi Rubric (see attachments)
    5. Remind students that they must include a resource "slide" of references of where they retrieved their information.
    6. Remain available to students for questions and guidance.
    7. Since the presentation saves to the Internet automatically, students may log-in from anywhere to work on their presentation.

    Step Four

    Presenting the Prezi

    1. Once students have completed the Prezi, allow them to present to the class.
    2. Students may "share" their presentation with your account to make for smooth transitions.
      1. Go into the presentation to be shared
      2. Click "share"
      3. Type in the log-in email used for the account sharing with
      4. The person shared with can now view and even edit the presentation
    3. Allow students to present their presentation to their peers using a projector and computer with Internet access.
    4. Use the rubric for grading. (see attached)

    **If permitted, allow students to bring "samples" of their product for the class during their presentation.**

    **Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download.

    Assessment Strategies

    KWL Chart (Prezi creation)

    Extracting information from informational texts


    Students may add additional elements to the Prezi to create an advanced presentation that exhibits advanced skills with technology such as incorporating videos or music associated with the topic.


    Students needing additional help may need additional help locating informational materials. Perhaps, assign the student a peer helper for this assignment.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.