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Tortoise and the Hare

Excerpts from

You Can Do That with PowerPoint?


A Manual for Latin Teachers

Ruth L. Breindel
Moses Brown School

© 2001 Ruth L. Breindel


How to make the “Tortoise and the Hare”
This is the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. I chose this because it was easy to use the
clipart given with the program and the story line is very simple. At the end of the directions I
give you some ideas about the choices I made – totally idiosyncratic!

The Tortoise and the Hare


1. Go to PowerPoint on the menu choice.
2. Go to PowerPoint – Blank Presentation – click OK

3. At New Slide, choose Blank and click OK. This gives you the chance to make your own
picture and text.
4. Go to Insert (on top toolbar) – Picture – Clip Art

5. Find the topic you want (animals) and look at the pictures.

6. Click on the hare and then take the first button; it will put the picture on your blank slide.
Close out of this window.

7. The picture can be sized according to what you need. The small boxes around it allow for
make the picture smaller by putting the cursor in a corner and moving it toward the middle;
you make it larger by putting the cursor in the corner and moving it away from the middle.
To keep the relative size constant, push on the “Ctrl” key while you are moving the cursor.
Once you have the picture sized, you can move it by putting the cursor in the inside of the

picture and clicking – the picture can be dragged anywhere you want. Make the picture
small and put it near the bottom left.
7. Now you can add the next picture, which I did by choosing the tortoise from the clip art
gallery. If you found pictures on the web or someplace else that you’d like to use, just go to
the “insert – picture from file” and retrieve it.
a. Again, go to Insert – Picture – Clip Art and choose Animal.
b. Click on the tortoise and then take the first button; it will put the picture on your blank
slide. Close out of this window.
c. The picture can be sized according to what you need. The small boxes around it allow
for make the picture smaller by putting the cursor in a corner and moving it toward the
middle; you make it larger by putting the cursor in the corner and moving it away from
the middle. To keep the relative size constant, push on the “Ctrl” key while you are
moving the cursor.
d. Once you have the picture sized, you can move it by putting the cursor in the inside of the
picture and clicking – the picture can be dragged anywhere you want. Make the picture
small and put it near the bottom right.
8. Now it’s time to put in the text.
a. click on the text box on the bottom of the screen.

b. A dagger will appear on the screen as you move the cursor.


c. Put the cursor above the animals and begin to type your text. It’s not necessary to
make the box a certain size; it will increase as you type. Since the first slide has 2
lines of text with 3 different sentences, type the first line as: Hic est certamen
animalium.
d. The second line can be done as one box. Click on the Text Box and position the
dagger below the first text and type: Hic est cuniculus, then leave some space, and
type Ille est testudo. You can move the words later, if you don’t like where they fit in
relationship to the animals themselves.
Tip: type all your text in one box; it make it easier to keep the words spaced in the
line and level with each other; one learns through mistakes!
e. Once the text is typed, you can change the size by highlighting the text with the
cursor, and then going to the tool bar on the tope of the screen and choosing your
size, type style, etc. I used 36 size type for the top line and 32 for the rest.

word fill line font width


art color color color of line

f. You can change the color by clicking on the fill color, line color or font color on
the task bar on the bottom of the screen. You can have different letters in
different colors, or all the same color.
g. If you want Word Art, just click on its button on the bottom of the screen.
9. To see what the slide will look like, go to Slide Show – View Show. This is where you can
see whether you want to make the type larger, etc. To return to the slide itself, just press the
space bar or mouse.

a. The next step is the animation. This allows you to have the text appear at
different intervals and to animate the drawings. Click on the rabbit:

b. Go to Slide Show – Custom Animation.


1. Click on the Effect tab and choose Appear. Click on Preview and see if you like the
effect. If you do, click OK, which will save it.

2. Go to Slide Show – View Show, and watch the rabbit enter from the left and zip
across to the right when you hit the space bar!
3. Now pick an animation for the tortoise. I used the same one: Appear.
4. Click OK.
Slide 2
A. Go to Insert – New Slide. Click OK, since Blank is now your default.

B. On the blank slide you will position the tortoise and the rabbit. There are many ways to
do this:
1. go back to the prior slide and click on the picture of the animal, then copy it by a
right click and choose Copy, then move to the second slide and insert the rabbit
where you want it with a right click and Paste. Or, use the Edit command on the
top toolbar.
2. You can also go back to the Insert-Picture-Clip Art and then choose the picture all
over again.
3. Now put the tortoise where you want him.

4. Click on the Text box at the bottom of the page. Position the dagger where you
want the text to be and type: Primo, animalia quam celerrime currunt. I used size
36 type.
5. Notice that these pictures don’t have color for the background, since I haven’t
added it yet. In addition, these were done using PowerPoint 2000, so the screen
looks different from those pictures in the above section. This is the problem with
changing systems in the middle of writing! However, the commands are the same
with either Office 97 or 2000.
6. You can choose the background color at any time. To do so, go to Format – Slide
Color Scheme and then choose Custom – Change Color. You can now pick any
color you would like by clicking on the color and then clicking OK. Use the
Apply button on the Custom menu to be sure and have only that particular slide
have that color. Try a few to see what is best for you.

7. Animate the picture by


a. clicking on the picture you want to animate (here the Tortoise)
b. going to Slide Show – Custom Animation

c. Notice that the tortoise is Object 3. Under the Effects tab, choose Crawl
from Left (on PowerPoint 97 this will be one choice).
Note: on your slide, the order for text and object/picture might be different. It
doesn’t matter; just go by the picture.
d. Now click on the rabbit, Object 2. Under the Effects tab, choose Fly from
Left (on PowerPoint 97 this will be one choice).

Because the rabbit is Object 2, it will come onto the screen before the tortoise,
which is Object 3. If you want a different order, or if your first order wasn’t the
one you wanted to finish with, just click on one object and use the “move”
buttons. You can use the Order & Timing tab also. If you like this, click OK.
Note: on PowerPoint 97 these buttons are on the top of the screen, not the bottom.
8. In order to get the sound, go to Slide Show – Slide Transition:

Then pick
a. No Transition (this would have the new slide appear in different patterns)
b. Advance automatically on mouse click after 00:01 (this means the sound you
choose will come on by itself 1 second after yo u click on this slide)
c. Sound is Drive By.
d. Now click Apply; this will put it on this one slide only. It’s good to preview

the slides you have done, to make sure this is what you want.

Slide 3
1. Go to Insert – New Slide. Click OK for the default, Blank Slide.
2. For the picture of the background, I have absolutely no idea where I found this picture!
It probably came off the web. However, you can go to the picture on the disk in this
book and copy it by:
a. Right click on it and hit copy

b. Go to your new slide, right click and select Paste. You can also do this by
using the tool bar at the top of the screen; both ways work.
3. Put the words in the slide by clicking the text box on the bottom of the screen.
Position the dagger on top of the tree section and type in the words. Type: Deinde,
quod cuniculus celerior est, sub arbore dormit. I used size 32 type.
4. Get the rabbit as you did above: go back to a prior slide and click on the picture of the
animal, then copy it by a right click and choose Copy, then move to the second slide

and insert the rabbit where you want it with a right click and Paste. Or, use the Edit
command on the top toolbar.
You can also go back to the Insert-Picture-Clip Art and then choose the picture all
over again.
5. Go to Slide Show – Custom Animation and pick Fly and From Bottom Left as your
animation choices (on PowerPoint 97 this will be one choice). Again, it’s a good idea
to preview this slide now. Click OK.

6. To color the background, do what you did for the previous slides:
go to Format – Slide Color Scheme and then choose Custom – Change Color. You

can now pick your color.


Slide 4
1. Go to Insert – Duplicate Slide. Now slide 3 will be copied exactly and you won’t
have to worry about positioning the background or the rabbit.

2. Click on the text that is there from Slide 3. Highlight it with the pointer; now you can
write the new text: Sed nunc testudo lente et constanter ingreditur. I used size 32 type.
You might want to move the text box. Click on it (if it is not in a box already) and
position the pointer on the outline (but NOT on a small sizing box). Move it to the
new position.
3. Copy the tortoise from a previous slide (as in Slide 2.B1 or Slide 3.4) and put it where
you want it to end up.
4. Now go to Slide Show – Custom Animation. The tortoise will be Object 4, and the
rabbit is Object 3. Click the Effects tab and choose Crawl From Left (on
PowerPoint 97 this will be one choice, not 2). Again, if the numbers for objects are
different, don’t worry; just use the picture as your guide.
5. Remove the animation from the rabbit by clicking on Object 3 on top (PowerPoint
2000) or by clicking on Effects tab and then choosing No Effect. Click OK.
Because this slide is a duplicate, you don’t have to do anything about the background
color.

Slide 5
1. Go to Insert – New Slide.
2. Click on the Insert Text box and put the dagger at the top of the screen. Type:
Quamquam cuniculus surgit et quam celerrime currit, testudo tamen vincit. After
typing celerrime, hit the Enter key to make a new line. I used size 32 type.
3. Again, I have no idea where I found the flags! However, you can copy them from the
disk in the book by using the directions in Slide 3.2.a and b.
4. Copy the tortoise first and then the rabbit as you did before, taking them from a
previous slide (see directions in Slide 2.B1 or Slide 3.4), and putting them where you
want them to end up. If you copy them in the wrong order, when you animate you
can just change their order.
5. Go to Slide Show – Custom Animation. Click on Object 3, the tortoise, and use
Crawl From Left and then add in Clapping.

Click on the rabbit, use Fly From Left and be sure to put in Stop Previous Sound on
the next line, so that there is no clapping for him! Click OK after you preview this.
6. For Background color, go to Format – Slide Color Scheme and then choose Custom –
Change Color. You can now pick your color.

Slide 6
1. Here we are at the last slide! Chose Insert – New Slide.
2. Click the text box and place the dagger at the top of the screen. Type: Memento! Is
qui lente et constanter movet, vincit! I used size 32 type.
3. Copy the tortoise from the previous slide and place him in the middle of the slide.
You might want to make him slightly larger, so that he dominates the slide after the
animation. Make sure he is still chosen and then you can do the animation.

4. Go to Slide Show – Custom Animation: on the Effects tab, choose Zoom In (on
PowerPoint 97 this appears as one choice).
5. Pick a color for the background as in Slide 5.6.

Now you’ve made the entire set! Go to Slide Show – View Show to see how the entire show
looks. The following is the slides in order for the tortoise and hare.

A few notes about the slides:


1. I used colors as backgrounds. The colors move in a continuum: the first one and last one are
a bright yellow; the second is a lighter yellow. The ones with the trees have no background
color; the color behind the trees comes from the clip art picture of the trees. I used blue for
the background on the writing to keep it separate from the trees. The fifth slide is green, for
no reason at all!
2. The vocabulary can be made easier; for example, instead of ingreditur you could use venit or
it.
The advantage to this method of doing a story is that you can use any vocabulary you want to
emphasize. Or, you could change the verb tenses. In fact, you can do this very easily:
a. call up your presentation on the computer.
b. Save it under a different name – perhaps “past tense tortoise” etc.
c. On each slide change the tense of the verb.
d. Save the entire thing and you have the same story but with a different emphasis.
3. It’s a good idea to keep track of the various transition and animation effects you use. It is
very easy to forget what you have done and then not know how to change things!