PowerPoint Story Templates Can Help Develop Storytelling Skills

Write a Story Using PowerPoint Story Writing Templates

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Story writing is a skill that begins in the earliest elementary grades. Why not make it a fun experience for kids?

These sample PowerPoint stories for special occasions, made with the PowerPoint story templates, will give you a good idea of how easy it is to hook kids on writing stories. They can be as simple or as elaborate as needed, depending on the age of the child. Older students can jazz up their stories by adding animations and sounds. More on that below.

I have created blank story writing templates for you to download, with an area at the top for pictures and clip art and the bottom area for the written part to accompany the images on the page. The colored line divides the written area from the picture area of the PowerPoint story template.

How to Use These PowerPoint Story Writing Templates

These working PowerPoint story writing template files are not templates in the true sense. They are simply PowerPoint presentation files that can be used as starter files.

  1. Download one or all of the blank story writing template files to your computer.
  2. Open the presentation file and save it immediately, with a different file name. Use this newly named presentation story writing template as your working file so that you always maintain an original.

Writing the Story

When students begin to write the story, they will add a title and their name as the subtitle to the first slide. Each new slide they begin will have a placeholder for the title of that slide. Students may not wish to have a title on each page, just as in the sample story. To delete this title placeholder, simply click on the border of the title placeholder and click the Delete key on the keyboard.

1) Adding or Changing the Background Color

Kids love the color -- and lots of it. For this story template, students can change the background color of the upper area of the story. They can select a solid color or change the background in a variety of ways.

2) Change the Font Style, Size or Color

Now that you have changed the background color of the slide, you might want to change the font style, size or color, depending on the theme of the story. It is easy to change the font style, color, and size so that your slide is easily readable.

3) Add Clip Art and Pictures

Clip Art or pictures are great additions to a story. Use the Microsoft Clip Art gallery that is part of PowerPoint or search out clip art images on the internet. Maybe students have digital or scanned photos of their own that they would like to use in their story.

4) Modifying Slides in the PowerPoint Story Writing Template

Sometimes you like the look of the slide, but things are just not in the right places. Moving and resizing slide items is just a matter of clicking and dragging the mouse. This PowerPoint tutorial will show you how easy it is to move or resize pictures, graphics or text objects on slides.

5) Adding, Deleting or Rearranging Slides

Just a few mouse clicks are all that is needed to add, delete or rearrange slides in a presentation. This PowerPoint tutorial will show you how to rearrange the order of your slides, add new ones or delete slides that you no longer need.

6) Add Transitions to Your PowerPoint Story Writing Template

Transitions are the movements you see when one slide changes to another. Although the slide changes are animated, the term animation in PowerPoint applies to the movements of objects on the slide, rather than the slide itself. This PowerPoint tutorial will show you how to add the same transition to all slides or give a different transition to every slide.

7) Add Music, Sounds or Narration

Students can add appropriate sounds or music to their story, or they can even practice their reading skills by narrating their finished story. A microphone from the dollar store is all that is needed. This is a great "show and tells" for parents' night.

8) Animate Objects on Your Slides

Older grades might be ready to add a little motion to their story. The motion of objects on the slides is called animation. Objects can appear in a variety of interesting and fun ways.