Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 1: 20 High-Interest Journal Writing Prompts

Introductionjournal writing prompts

We both know the value of practice.

Whether it's playing the piano, hitting a baseball, or delivering a classroom lesson--the more we do it, the better we get at it.

And writing, especially with kids, is no different.

What follows on this page is an introduction to a product called Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 1.

It offers the first 20 writing prompts that are already available free of charge on the Journal Writing Prompts page.

Rather than a simple listing of prompts, Journal Jumpstarts is a complete PowerPoint package designed to intrigue and to motivate students to exercise their writing muscles--and in the process, to get that much-needed practice.

Journal Jumpstarts also saves you the time and effort of scrawling out the writing prompt of the day on your whiteboard.

Bonus:  Any or all of the 21 high-quality animations included in this package may be used in your own PowerPoint presentations.  Just choose the ones you want to use and place them anywhere you wish!

Free and full versions are both available.  More about that in just a moment.

Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 1

This PowerPoint presentation is a collection of 20 writing prompts for language arts students, grades 5-9.

These high-interest prompts will provide spontaneous practice for kids to sharpen their writing skills as they describe, explain, persuade, and narrate.

The title screen looks like this: The Table of Contents (shown below) contains clickable links to assist in accessing/tracking the prompts. As a result, prompts may be displayed in any order required.

Each slide is titled and contains...

  • a writing prompt.
  • a looping, presentation-wide animation along the left side of the slide.
  • a unique, featured, looping animation, selected to "illustrate" the prompt itself.
  • a link back to the Table of Contents.

Here's how they are arranged:

Video Capture

The video capture below shows all five slides available in Jumpstarts, Volume 1, Free Version.

This preview is not NEARLY as smooth as the finished version, but it will give you some idea of what to expect.

You should see it in person!


These Journal Jumpstarts encourage students to...

  • explore their own thinking, preferences, and attitudes.
  • make suppositions about how they would react in hypothetical situations.
  • think about and analyze events in the past and the present.
  • make predictions about events in the future.

In short, Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 1, provides an intriguing visual way to engage student interest and to invite them to embark upon a journey of self discovery, while honing their writing skills in the process.

Free and Full Download Links

As noted above, these recently-updated resources are compatible with all versions of PowerPoint:

Download the Free Version (contains 3 activities).
Purchase the Full Version (contains all 20 activities).


ALL of the writing prompts included in Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 1, ARE available on the Journal Writing Prompts page, completely free of charge.

Rather than the simple listing of prompts that you will find on that page, Journal Jumpstarts takes the student's end-user experience to another level.

Besides, why spend all that time writing out each prompt on your whiteboard?  Why not show it in PowerPoint via your favorite display mode--the classroom TV, the Smart Board, or digital projector screen?

Best wishes to you and your kids.

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