Presenting and illustrating your story
The presentation is part of a webinar for the African Storybook project where we first looked at editing the story that has just been written, finding ways of adding it to a presentation application that the African Storybook project team can use. We'll also looked at different ways of illustrating a story.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Presenting and illustrating your story
Presenting and Illustrating
By Fiona Beal
Outcomes for this presentation
• How to add an already written story to a
• Find out about different ways of
1. Presenting your story
1) Windows PCs or laptops:
Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Kingsoft Office PowerPoint (free Office Suite); Google
2) Apple laptops:
Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Keynote; Google Drive Presentation, Kingsoft Office (free
Office Suite - http://kingsoft-office-suite-professional-2013.en.softonic.com/ )
3) iPad devices:
Office 365 if you have a license; PowerPoint; Keynote; Kingsoft Office which is free
seamlessly/id762263023?ls=1&mt=8;) Google Drive Presentation
4) Android Devices:
Microsoft Office Mobile (needs an Office 365 license
WPS Mobile Office
5) Windows Surface Tablet
This has a free Microsoft Office suite on it
6) Windows phone
Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Chekhov App
What if question: What if a granny could play soccer with her grandson? (got the
idea from a newspaper article about the Soccer Grannies of Tzaneen)
Beginning: Vuyo loves soccer. His granny is coming to look after him while his
parents are away. He doesn’t do well at school.
Middle: At the bus top he sees a newspaper article that mentions his granny and
soccer. He also sees a writing competition mentioned.
Problem introduced: Granny can’t afford the trip to the USA to play soccer
The class writes for the writing competition. The class teases him because he can’t
write very well. He wants to win the money.
Resolve 1: Someone else wins
End: At the bus stop saying goodbye to Granny.
Resolve 2:Miss Pewa passes in her car, stops and gives him a letter. Previous
winner has been disqualified – Vuyo is the new winner.
Climax: Gives his portion of the monetary prize to Granny for the USA.
Typed out in Word
Vuyo’s Soccer Granny
by Fiona Beal
Vuyo loves playing soccer. You will always find him kicking his soccer ball around somewhere. He
kicks it on the way to school. He kicks it on the way home. Whenever Voyo got home from school
he rushed through his homework and went outside to play soccer in the street with his friends.
When he comes in he puts on the TV and guess what he watches? Soccer games of course. His
mother often says, “Vuyo, where does this love of soccer come from? Nobody in our family plays
soccer. I wish you were as interested in your school work as you are in soccer”
Vuyo is waiting at the busy bus stop. He is very excited because his granny is coming to stay while
his parents are away visiting some relatives. His granny is from Tzaneen. While he is at the bustop
he sees a newspaper lying on the seat at the bustop. He looks through it.
“Oh, a writing competition. The topic is “Let me introduce you to my granny”. You can win R1000
for yourself, R1000 for your granny and R1000 for your school.” No, I don’t like writing. I can’t
write. I hardly know my granny – I would not know how to write about her.
Then he spotted something interesting on the Sports page. It was a headline about soccer.
Grannies in Tzaneen show the soccer spirit. He started to read. He read and he read. It was such
an interesting article. Listen to what he read.
1. Adding a story to PowerPoint
• Open PowerPoint
• Have a title page and an end page
• Create as many slides as you have
paragraphs for the writing.
• Add the writing.
• Add one blank slide after each paragraph
– for the illustrations.
Choose this one
Choose as many
slides as you have
One slide per paragraph
plus a title page and an
end page. (6 – 16
Delete these top bits. Click on
the corner, then hold the right
side of the mouse and choose
Choose the blank one for the
Now to demonstrate in Powerpoint
and then on the template provided
by the African Storybook Project
2. Illustrating your story
Perhaps you are artistic and could
do this yourself…
Artistically - yourself
Example video: How to Illustrate for a Children's Book
You could even use online art tools
to do this
e.g. Online Drawing Tools for Illustrating Children's Books
Otherwise you could ask a friend or
one of the students in your class to
illustrate for you!
Use an illustration package that
you might have at school
An illustration CD at school
Example CD: Story Maker 2
Limited. No soccer field background, no ball!
Limited. No variety using the same character
Use Public Domain clipart
Public Domain clipart
This is a great collection of back and white
You CANNOT use any clipart and then give
a link to it.
You can trace pictures and create
templates to work with
An example of tracing pictures and then
Use Google images
Make collage type pictures, scan
them and add them to your
Make collage type pictures
Example from a Grade 2 class
It looks rather nice in a book
Create lego people from a lego
http://goo.gl/yxILtb and http://goo.gl/YaBW8k
Create art foliage collages and
scan them in http://goo.gl/NM9XsC
Stick figures and children’s art
What about stick figures?
Photographs are great to use but you need to give all the people you
take photos of a release form to fill in giving their consent to appearing
in the story. The form is available in Downloads on the course blog
Colour in by hand pictures
These will most likely be the favoured type of
What does the African Storybook
project require in terms of reading
Children are able to relate the story as though they are reading;
One word or phrase or simple sentence per page;
Picture clues clearly support the text.
Level B More than one simple sentence per page;
Vocabulary is more challenging;
Pictures support the general message of the text.
Level C Longer sentences and longer text;
More complex vocabulary;
Artwork sometimes has additional meaning not strictly related to the written text;
Not all the text has visual clues.
Level D There is a change to more ‘adult’ text in terms of content and style.
Longer text usually in paragraphs with connected ideas;
Not all pages have pictures.
Read aloud Long text, in paragraphs with connected ideas, possibly even short chapters;
Some supporting pictures;
All other levels can be read aloud.
Reading level requirements
The end – thank you!