5th Grade 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.

In the fifth grade, students will be far enough along in their understanding of English to write passages that involve critical thinking and analysis as well as creativity. The prompts presented in this article will give you and your classroom a boost during writing sessions.

What Can I Have My 5th Graders Write?

By encouraging their writing with the prompts we have included in this article, your 5th graders can gain insight into their creative sides and grab ideas from fellow students. Here are some ideas to share with your classroom:

  • Detective Work: Have your students consider the idea that they have been hired to perform an investigation into something that happened at school. What was it? Is there a crime involved? Are teachers, students or both suspected of doing something wrong? Is the case easily solved, and how do you go about doing so?
  • School Reading and Fun Reading: Ask students to write about some of the similarities and differences between what they read at school and at home. This comparing and contrasting exercise is an easy way to get your students to trace relationships between their assigned reading and other material they read for pleasure. This also gives students a chance to express themselves through their personal preferences in reading.
  • New Subject: A potential exercise in role reversal, you can task your students with introducing a brand new piece of the curriculum for the class. What do they want to teach, and why? What would the rest of the class gain from learning it? How do these subjects compare to each other in importance and relevance to the world?

How Can I Find More?

Use the Study.com lesson collections The Writing Process, Narrative Writing Strategies, and Descriptive Writing Basics for strategies to help your students to respond to writing prompts. Our library of online lessons is sure to provide you with strategies for developing your students writing skills and interest, as well as serving as a starting point to generate ideas of your own.

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