Imagination Blossoms with These May Writing Prompts!

These May writing prompts will allow your students to seed a garden of imaginative writing! Nourish well with a supportive classroom atmosphere and watch creativity bloom! Select any prompt from the following list. Scroll to the bottom of this page to download a copy of the complete set for overhead or individual use. May your students' writing gardens grow an abundance of creative expression!

  • Who has influenced your life the most? State in specific details how this is so.
  • What class of vertebrate would you prefer to be: mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish? Of the vertebrate class you selected, what kind of animal would you choose to be and why? Describe your life as this animal.
  • Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? If so, what would bring the fame you seek?
  • What do you think are the best things about parenthood? What might be the worst things?
  • What might happen if kids ruled the world?
  • What would happen if animals ruled the world?
  • If you could sponsor a fund-raiser for a worthy cause of choice, what ould it be and why? What activities would you plan for this fund-raiser?
  • In your opinion, what is the most interesting type of weather? Why? Have you ever experienced this type of weather? If so, review in detail.
  • Describe the most important day of your life so far.
  • Remember an important "first" in your life (your first A on a math quiz, the first time you rode a bike, etc.). How did you feel? Explain.
  • If you could be any character in THE WIZARD of OZ, which one would you be? Why?
  • What's the most interesting biography you've read? If you could write a biography about an influential person, who would it be and why?
  • What museums have you visited? Which is your favorite? Why? Describe one of your visits.
  • Do you know any ghost stories? If so, jot it down! If not, make it up!
  • Describe your earliest memories as a young child.
  • Have you ever been afraid to try something new, only to have it become a favorite thing? If so, explain what happened.
  • You have just been elected President and must plan your inauguration spech. What do you think are the most important things to mention in your speech? Why?
  • You are a world-renowned scientist and researcher. You have been given unlimited funding to find a proven cure for a specific disease. Which illness will you find the cure for? Why? Have you ever known anyone with this disease?
  • Which career would you choose: sculptor, painter, dancer, actor, or musician? Why? Describe an imaginary day in this career.
  • Describe the best party you ever attended.
  • Create a story using these ten words: dinner, shoe, town, air, garden, stage, room, briefcase, students, and skateboard.
  • Make up a story using these two characters: a woman with ten dogs and a pro-baseball player.
  • Develop a story using these two characters: a deliveryman and an art collector.
  • Outline a story using these two characters: a millionaire and a bus passenger.
  • Most folks have a favorite place in all the world. What's yours? Describe it. Explain how it makes you feel.
  • What do you think about traditional letter grades ("A" for excellent, etc.)? Should schools stop using traditional grades? Why? What would you suggest in their place?
  • Why is volunteering important? What might you volunteer for and why? What would you do?
  • What's the most important life lesson you've ever learned? Explain.
  • Who is the most interesting person you know? Tell why.
  • You are planning a month long tour of the United States. Where will you go and why? How long will you spend in each location? Outline your trip plans.
  • All the world's computers have mysteriously vanished. What happens next? Who saves the day?

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