5th Grade Creative Writing Prompts

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Language arts students learn best when they are given engaging activities to practice their skills. Check out a few of these persuasive and creative writing prompts and help your fifth graders become excellent writers and readers.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The more time students spend practicing writing, the better writers they will become. Writing practice helps students in many ways. Through reflective and imaginative writing exercises, they not only improve their writing, editing and reading skills, but prepare for the language arts skills required in middle school and beyond. Coming up with dozens of writing prompts for students over the course of a year can be quite time-consuming. Save yourself some valuable class preparation time by checking out these ideas for creative writing prompts suitable for fifth graders.

Autobiographical Essay Prompts

Students enjoy telling others about themselves and what they've done in their lives. Use these prompts to get to know your students better while helping them develop reading and writing skills:

  • Describe a time when you were truly proud of yourself.
  • Describe a time when you were brave. What does it mean to be brave?
  • Tell a story about your favorite moment at school so far.
  • Describe an experience when time flew by because you were having so much fun.
  • Tell a story about the best vacation you've been on.
  • What did you do last summer? Did you like it? Why or why not?
  • Who is your favorite teacher? Why is he or she your favorite?
  • Write down a funny conversation you had at school.
  • Tell a story about a friend who did something nice for you.
  • What is the best thing about your parent or guardian? Tell a story that shows an example of this amazing trait.
  • Describe a dream that you had. How did the dream make you feel?

Aspirational Journal Prompts

Keeping personal journals can help students to thrive in the classroom. Journal writing not only gives students an opportunity for self-reflection but provides a fun, engaging way for them to improve their writing over time through daily or weekly exercises. Here are a few prompts to offer students for their journal entries:

  • If you could learn any single skill, what would it be? Why would you like to learn that skill in particular?
  • What would you like to be doing in 10 years? Why?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?
  • What would you say or do if you met the President of the United States?
  • Describe your dream job. Why would you like to do that job?
  • Think of a character in a movie or TV show that you truly admire. What is it about the character that you admire? Why?
  • Do you think living in an eco-friendly way is important? Explain why or why not.
  • Why is it important to work hard in school? Write as many reasons as you can think of.

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