May Writing Prompts

Journal Topics and Writing Ideas

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May is often a beautiful month, full of flowers and sunshine. It is also the time we honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Many of the following writing prompts for each day of May are written to take advantage of this special time of year. They provide teachers a great way to add more writing time in class. They can be incorporated as simple writing assignments, warm-ups, or journal entries.

Feel free to use these any way you wish.

May Holidays

  • American Bike Month
  • Flower Month
  • Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
  • National Bar-B-Que Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • National Hamburger Month

Writing Prompt Ideas for May

  • May 1 - Theme: May Day
    May Day is a traditional celebration of Spring in countries around the globe, often including dancing and flowers. However, it is rarely celebrated in the United States. Do you think that Americans should celebrate May Day? Why or why not?
  • May 2 - Theme: Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Some people argue that the Holocaust is too disturbing for students to learn about. Write a persuasive paragraph explaining why it should be included in the curriculum.
  • May 3 - Theme: Space Day
    Space Day is celebrated on the first Friday in May. In honor of this, write a creative paragraph or poem about space travel. You can choose to take the part of an astronaut or an observer from the earth.
  • May 4 - Theme: Star Wars Day
    May the 4th Be With You! What is your opinion about Star Wars? Do you love it, hate it, or have not feelings whatsoever. Explain your answer.
  • May 5 - Theme: Cinco de Mayo
    Many people across the United States do not know what Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates but still celebrate the day. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that this is okay? Why or why not?
  • May 6 - Theme: American Bike Month
    How old were you when you learned to ride a bike? Do you enjoy bike riding? Why or why not?
  • May 7 - Theme: Teacher Appreciation
    What qualities do you think a great teacher must have? Explain your answer.
  • May 8 - Theme: National Train Day
    Have you ever ridden on a train? Do you think that America should invest in a large-scale train system like Europe has? Why or why not?
  • May 9 - Theme: Peter Pan Day
    Pretend you were in the Peter Pan story. Which part would you most like to see or do: fly, visit with mermaids, fight Captain Hook, or meet Tinkerbell? Explain your answer.
  • May 10 - Theme: Clean Up Your Room Day
    Do you keep your room straightened? Why or why not?
  • May 11 - Theme: Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
    Do you have asthma or allergies? If so, what are your triggers? (What makes you have an attack or sneeze, etc.) If not, do you think that schools do enough to help those who have asthma and allergies? Why or why not?
  • May 12 - Theme: Mother's Day
    Write a descriptive paragraph or poem about either your Mother or someone who is a Mother figure to you.
  • May 13 - Theme: Tulip Day
    Which flower do you think is the prettiest? Describe it using all five senses.
  • May 14 - Theme: Lewis and Clark Expedition
    William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was able to create a map of the Louisiana Purchase simply by walking through and exploring it. Explain the difficulties that he probably encountered along the way.
  • May 15 - Theme: L. F. Baum's Birthday - Author of the Wizard of Oz books.
    Which character from the world of Oz would you most like to meet? Explain your answer.
  • May 16 - Theme: National Bar-B-Que Month
    What's your favorite picnic food? Do you like bar-b-que, hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, or something else entirely? What makes it so special?
  • May 17 - Theme: Kentucky Derby
    What is your opinion of the Kentucky Derby or horse racing in general? Explain your answer.
  • May 18 - Theme: International Museum Day
    If you could create a museum about any topic, what would it be about? Describe two or three exhibits that would be in your museum.
  • May 19 - Theme: Circus Month
    As today is circus day, you have a choice of topics:
    1. If you were in a circus, which performer would you be and why?
    2. Do you like circuses? Explain your answer.
    3. Do you think that animals should be used in circuses? Why or why not?
  • May 20 - Theme: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
    If I told you that you had to participate in a physical fitness activity for the next 30 minutes, what would you choose? Why?
  • May 21 - Theme: Lindbergh Flight Day
    On this day in 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off on his famous flight across the Atlantic. Would you like to learn how to fly a plane? Why or why not?
  • May 22 - Theme: Older Americans Month
    Do you believe that older Americans are treated with enough respect today? Explain your answer.
  • May 23 - Theme: World Turtle Day
    Today is World Turtle Day. Would you ever consider owning a turtle as a pet? List out the pros and cons of owning a pet turtle.
  • May 24 - Theme: First Morse Code Message Sent
    A simple substitution code is when you replace each letter with a different letter. For example, all A's become B's, and B's become C's, etc. I have written the following sentence using this type of code so that each letter of the alphabet is written as the letter that comes after it. What does my sentence say? Do you agree or disagree with it?
    Dpef csfbljoh jt fbtz boe gvo.
  • May 25 - Theme: John F. Kennedy's Speech About Sending a Man to the Moon
    On this day in 1961, John F. Kennedy said that America would send a man to the moon before the end of the 1960s. Why is this speech so significant? Do you believe that America would have sent a man to the moon without Kennedy giving this speech? Explain your answer.
  • May 26 - Theme: National Hamburger Month
    What is your favorite type of hamburger or veggie burger? Is it plain or with toppings like cheese, bacon, onions, etc.? Describe it using at least three of the five senses.
  • May 27 - Theme: Golden Gate Bridge Opens
    The Golden Gate Bridge is a symbol of San Francisco, recognizable by people all over the world. Do you have any symbols or monuments for your city or community? What are they? Even if you don't have a symbol that you can think of, explain why you think these types of monuments are important to people.
  • May 28 - Theme: Amnesty International Day
    The goal of Amnesty International is to protect and promote human rights across the world. In some countries, genocide (the killing of an entire ethnic group) is still being carried out. Do you think the United States has a duty to step in and stop these types of human rights violations? Explain your answer.
  • May 29 - Theme: John F. Kennedy's Birthday
    You can choose to write about either John F. Kennedy's greatest success or largest blunder while in office as president.
  • May 30 - Theme: Memorial Day
    In honor of Memorial Day, what are three things that we can do to honor those men and women who died while serving our country?
  • May 31 - Theme: World No Tobacco Day
    Write a paragraph explaining whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: All forms of tobacco should be made illegal.
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Kelly, Melissa. "May Writing Prompts." ThoughtCo, Feb. 21, 2017, Kelly, Melissa. (2017, February 21). May Writing Prompts. Retrieved from Kelly, Melissa. "May Writing Prompts." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 22, 2018).