5th Grade Narrative Writing Prompts

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson contains narrative prompts appropriate for 5th grade students. The prompts include scenarios that specifically target common literary devices for concept reinforcement in language arts. There are also general prompts for your consideration.

Narrative Writing for 5th Grade

Narratives can be either true stories or fictional stories. Students in 5th grade should be encouraged to practice both forms of narrative writing. The most important aspect of narrative writing is to tell a story in the correct event order so that the reader can follow the story. It is also useful to use narrative writing to help students reinforce concepts learned throughout the year in English. The following narrative prompts are divided into basic prompts and prompts designed to focus on literary devices that may have been studied recently.

General Prompts

  • Write a non-fiction narrative about your favorite vacation. Remember that non-fiction means true. Make sure you tell the story in the correct order.
  • Compose a fictional narrative describing a day in the life of a president. Make sure your story moves through the events of the day in an order that is understandable to your audience.
  • Today I'd like you to think about a problem. It could be a real problem you have (or had) or a problem you think might exist in the world. Write a narrative that explains the problem and how it could be resolved. If you are thinking of a real problem that has already been resolved, tell the story of how it got resolved.
  • Tell the story of how you get to school each day. Yes, this is a rather mundane topic, so your job is to make it interesting. Your narrative needs to use descriptive language that engages the reader throughout the journey of simply getting to school.

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