31 Prompts: One for Each Day in May
May 18 – Theme: International Museum Day
There are numerous world-class museums around the world. For example, there is The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hermitage. There are also some oddball museums such as Museum of Bad Art or the National Mustard Museum.
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
In 1768, the English equestrian Philip Astley demonstrated trick riding by trotting in a circle rather than a straight line. His act was named a ‘circus.’ As today is circus day, you have a choice of topics:
- If you were in a circus, which performer would you be and why?
- Do you like circuses? Explain your answer.
- Do you think circuses should feature animals? Why or why not?
May 20 – Theme: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Each state requires a specific number of minutes that students should participate in physical activity. If your state requires physical fitness activity for the next 30 minutes, what activity 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/Tortoise Day
Today is World Turtle Day. Conservation efforts are demonstrating success, and turtle populations are up. Tortoises can live long lives. One, Adwaita the Tortoise (1750-2006), is reputed to have lived over 250 years. What events would a tortoise who lived that long have witnessed? What event would you like to have seen?
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.
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
Why is this speech so significant? Should Americans continue space exploration because it is “hard”?
May 26 – Theme: National Hamburger Month
On average, Americans eat three hamburgers a week. What is your favorite type of hamburger or veggie burger? Is it plain or with toppings like cheese, bacon, onions, etc.? If not a hamburger, what food do you (or could you) eat three times a week? Describe a favorite food 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 symbols 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. Their motto is, “Fight injustice and help create a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.”
In some countries, genocide (the systemized killing of an entire ethnic group) is still being carried out. What is the responsibility of the United States? Do we have a duty to step in and stop these types of human rights violations? Explain your answer.
May 29 – Theme: Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that originated when decorations were placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers. Decoration Day gave way to Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. After World War I the nature of the holiday changed to honor the memory of all Americans who died in any war – not only Civil.
What are three things that we can do to honor those men and women who died while serving in our military?
May 30- Theme-Emerald Gemstone
The emerald is May’s gemstone. The stone is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. The color green is associated with new life and the promise of spring. What promises of spring do you see now?
May 31 – Theme: Meditation Day
A combination of anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that meditation in schools may help improve grades and attendance. Yoga and meditation may help students at all grade levels feel happier and more relaxed. What do you know about meditation and yoga? Would you like to see meditation programs brought into your school?
Source: Writing Prompts for Journal Topics and Writing Ideas (thoughtco.com)