Pixar Short Daily Journal Prompts (18 Weeks | 1st Sem)


These Pixar Short Daily Journal Prompts (18 Weeks) are for a full semester.  There are 90 individual journal prompts, one for each day of the week for 18 weeks. Each week students analyze one Pixar Short ranging from 2 to 7 minutes (see the list of Pixar Shorts in the description). Challenge students to infer and analyze characters, theme, setting, and plot, while also reflecting on deeper questions about friendship, bravery, innovation, and the consequences of actions. From the comedic attempts of Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story Toons – Small Fry” to the family connections in “La Luna,” students will enhance their critical thinking, empathy, and creativity.

Note: This product does not grant access to the Pixar shorts themselves, which can be found on various video streaming platforms, including Disney+.

The prompts in this resource are very similar to the video guide questions in the Pixar Short Video Guide Super-Duper AMAZING Bundle SAVE 50% | 30 PACK. If you don’t want journal prompts, this resource probably what you are looking 🙂

This product .zip file includes:

    • A PDF with link to a the Pixar Short Daily Journal Prompts Google Slides file with (108 Slides with 90 Individual Journal Prompts)
    • A free resources and ‘About’ section (8 Pages – Not included in the page count for this product)

These Pixar Short Daily Journal Prompts will challenge students to:

  • Explore themes, characters, and storytelling elements.
  • Reflect on personal connections to the stories, drawing parallels between the shorts and their own experiences.
  • Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing the narrative structures and artistic choices in each short.
  • Enhance vocabulary through discussions and writings focused on specific terms and concepts presented in the shorts.
  • Express creativity and understanding through written responses, discussions, and potentially creative projects related to the shorts.
  • Build empathy and emotional intelligence by considering the perspectives and emotions of characters in diverse situations.
  • Explore concepts of friendship, bravery, loss, and innovation, discussing their relevance in the shorts and in their own lives.
  • Write regularly, improving their ability to articulate thoughts, opinions, and analyses clearly and effectively.

List of Pixar Shorts, in order, for each week.

  1. “André and Wally B.” (1984) [~2min]
  2. “Red’s Dream” (1987) [~4min]
  3. “Tin Toy” (1988) [~5min]
  4. “Geri’s Game” (1997) [~4min]
  5. “For the Birds” (2000) [~3min]
  6. “Mike’s New Car” (2002) [~4min]
  7. “Boundin'” (2003) [~5min]
  8. “Jack-Jack Attack” (2005) [~5min]
  9. “One Man Band” (2005) [~4min]
  10. “Lifted” (2006) [~5min]
  11. “Presto” (2008) [~5min]
  12. “Partly Cloudy” (2009) [~5min]
  13. “Dug’s Special Mission” (2009) [~5min]
  14. “George & A.J.” (2009) [~4min]
  15. “Day & Night” (2010) [~6min]
  16. “Hawaiian Vacation” (2011) [~6min]
  17. “Small Fry” (2011) [~7min]
  18. “La Luna” (2011) [~7min]

General Tips for Using This Resource:

  1. This resource can either be projected for all students, or the Google Slides file can be shared with each student and they can write directly on each slide their response for the day.
  2. Remind students to have their notebooks or tablets ready. Play the Pixar Short. Encourage students to focus entirely on the video. No talking or distractions.
  3. Give students 5 minutes to answer the journal prompt question. This time should be continuous writing time. Focus on writing and flow, not necessarily perfect grammar, content, etc.
  4. Teachers can decide how often to replay the Pixar Short depending on their schedule, ranging from everyday to once per week.

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