5th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Fifth grade persuasive writing falls under some of the Common Core guidelines. Read on to find some suggestions on prompts for both students and teachers looking for ideas.

School Lunch Menu

There is a rotation at school, and it is up to you and your class to come up with a lunch menu for the week. What are your plans for the choices? How will they appeal to not just you and your class, but the entire school? Remember to take into consideration things like personal preferences and allergies. Are there any foods that are off-limits?

The Benefits of Pets

Your family doesn't have animals in the house, and you want to get a new addition in the form of a pet. Write a letter that pitches the pluses of adding a dog or a cat to the family. How will this help the household? How will you handle the new responsibilities of taking care of your pet and picking up after them? You can also argue against the negatives of pet ownership in the same letter.

Climbing Mount Everest

Have you ever thought about ascending a mountain? How about the highest mountain in the entire world? You can write about how good or bad of an idea it is for somebody at a 5th grade age to consider such an idea, and if an age limit should be imposed on sponsored trips to the top of the mountain. Think about all of the things that go into a climbing expedition, and the still-developing human body of a child.


iPhones and Android devices are everywhere now, and children often learn how to use one very quickly. Your job is to decide whether or not there should be a specific age when kids are given access to a smartphone. Do they benefit learning and concentration, or are they a distraction from more important responsibilities?

Writing Skills

Teacher and students can both take a look at Study.com's SBA ELA Grades 3-5 Test Prep review. Students can watch the video lessons and take practice quizzes, and teachers can follow along to monitor any special areas where students might need some extra practice. Find additional argumentative and persuasive writing topics to help students practice their writing skills in class.

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