Software & Apps MS Office PowerPoint Story Templates Can Help Develop Storytelling Skills Write a story using PowerPoint story writing templates by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on October 18, 2019 Westend61 / Getty Images MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email Story writing templates are fun ways to help students develop writing and storytelling skills while learning how to use PowerPoint. Use these sample PowerPoint story templates for special occasions to hook kids on writing stories. They can be as simple or as elaborate as needed, depending on the age of the child. Information in this article applies to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007; PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint Online, and Excel for Mac. Write a Story with Help from a Template When students begin to write a story, have them choose a template from PowerPoint's template menu that suits the story they wish to tell. Have students start by adding their story title and name to the first slide. And then, let their imagination do the writing. PowerPoint's built-in and downloadable templates aren't the only place to get a great start on a story. You'll find many PowerPoint templates on the internet. Take a look at some of the templates presented by Graphic Mama. Graphic Mama has over 50 free cartoon style PowerPoint templates. If students are crafting a story about outer space, ancient Italy, or a spooky mansion, they'll find something to inspire their stories. Add or Change the Background Color Kids love color and lots of it. When working with PowerPoint templates, students can select a solid color, a gradient fill, a pattern fill, or use their own picture by selecting Design > Format Background. Change the Font Style, Size, and Color After the background color of the slides has been changed, change the font style, size or color, depending on the theme of the story. It's easy to change these elements so that slides are easy to read. Select Home and look in the Font group to find these text formatting options. Add Clip Art and Pictures Clip Art and pictures are great additions to any story. Students can add their own digital or scanned photos, take screenshots, search for clip art images on the internet, or add shapes and icons. To add a picture, select Insert and choose an option in the Images or Illustrations group. Modify Slides in the Story Sometimes the look of the slide may be okay, but things aren't in the right places. Make slides look better by moving and resizing slide items such as pictures, graphics, or text objects. Add, Delete or Rearrange Slides It takes a few steps to add, delete, or rearrange slides in a presentation. When students want to personalize the template to fit their story, they can rearrange the order of the slides, add new ones, or delete slides they no longer need. Add Transitions to a Story Transitions are the movements you see when moving from one slide to another. Students can add visual appeal and hold their audience's interest by adding the same transition to all slides or by using a different transition on every slide. Select Transitions to see PowerPoint's built-in transitions. Add Music, Sounds, and Narration To add emphasis to a story, students can add sounds, music, or narrations to their story. Narrating a story is a great way for students to practice their reading skills. An inexpensive microphone is all they'll need. Select Insert and look in the Media group to get started. Animate Objects on Slides Students can add motion and maintain an audience's interest by animating objects. Objects can appear in a variety of interesting and fun ways. PowerPoint contains built-in animations that spontaneously appear on the page, fade-out, swivel, bounce, darken, lighten, and change colors. Select Animations to find these built-in motions and actions.