Saturday, March 14, 2015

Authors of American Literature Magic Portrait Videos and PowerPoint

Attention English teachers! I just finished up an very cool to set of "Magic Portrait" videos of great American Authors! This download includes amazing, moving images of 10 classic American writers set into a PowerPoint for your author study or lesson!

Each author portrait comes alive by blinking, smiling, looking around your classroom, laughing, and more! This is always a great surprise for students and will definitely capture their attention immediately. Once I started using these, my students were more engaged in every presentation as they studied every slide to see if it was moving!

A short preview can be seen here in this Instagram post:
A video posted by Students of History (@studentsofhistory) on

Note that this is likely not a complete resource to use on its own. This PowerPoint includes 10 videos and PowerPoint slides that can be used as an overview of American authors or for Back-to-School night to really impress parents as you review some of the authors their children will learn about.

However, I imagine most ELA teachers would take these slides and insert them into your own author studies as you cover an individual author far more in depth. Authors included in this download are:

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edgar Allen Poe
Walt Whitman
Frederick Douglass
Emily Dickinson
Mark Twain
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ernest Hemingway
William Faulkner

You can download this resource today by clicking here!

If there happens to be another author you would like please let me know! I am currently working on a British Author set next so stay tuned!

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