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Presenting and illustrating your story


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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 …

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.

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  • 1. Presenting and Illustrating your story By Fiona Beal
  • 2. Outcomes for this presentation • How to add an already written story to a presentation application • Find out about different ways of illustrating stories
  • 3. 1. Presenting your story
  • 4. 1) Windows PCs or laptops: Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Kingsoft Office PowerPoint (free Office Suite); Google Drive Presentation 2) Apple laptops: Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Keynote; Google Drive Presentation, Kingsoft Office (free Office Suite - ) 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: Google Presentation;; 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
  • 5. My story 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) Story structure 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.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Home New slide
  • 9. Choose this one
  • 10. Choose as many slides as you have paragraphs
  • 11. One slide per paragraph plus a title page and an end page. (6 – 16 ‘chunks’)
  • 12. Delete these top bits. Click on the corner, then hold the right side of the mouse and choose delete
  • 13. Choose the blank one for the illustration pages
  • 14. Like this!
  • 15. Now to demonstrate in Powerpoint and then on the template provided by the African Storybook Project
  • 16. 2. Illustrating your story
  • 17. 1. Perhaps you are artistic and could do this yourself…
  • 18. Artistically - yourself Example video: How to Illustrate for a Children's Book
  • 19. You could even use online art tools to do this e.g. Online Drawing Tools for Illustrating Children's Books illustrating-children_s-books.html
  • 20.
  • 21. 2 Otherwise you could ask a friend or one of the students in your class to illustrate for you!
  • 22. 3 Use an illustration package that you might have at school
  • 23. An illustration CD at school Example CD: Story Maker 2 Limited. No soccer field background, no ball!
  • 24. Microsoft clipart Limited. No variety using the same character
  • 25. 4 Use Public Domain clipart
  • 26. Public Domain clipart
  • 27. This is a great collection of back and white drawings
  • 28. You CANNOT use any clipart and then give a link to it.
  • 29. 4 You can trace pictures and create templates to work with
  • 30. Tracing pictures
  • 31. An example of tracing pictures and then painting them's-Book
  • 32. Use Google images
  • 33. 5 Make collage type pictures, scan them and add them to your presentation template
  • 34. Make collage type pictures
  • 35. Example from a Grade 2 class
  • 36. It looks rather nice in a book
  • 37. Create lego people from a lego template and
  • 38. Create art foliage collages and scan them in
  • 39. 6 Stick figures and children’s art
  • 40. What about stick figures?
  • 41. 7 Photographs 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
  • 42. 7 Colour in by hand pictures These will most likely be the favoured type of art
  • 43. What does the African Storybook project require in terms of reading levels?
  • 44. Level Criteria Level A Just beginning  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;  Challenging vocabulary;  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
  • 45. The end – thank you!