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Essay for Class 5 in English | List of Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students
Essay Writing is a great piece of work to teach or Improve your Child’s Writing Skills. We are with you in this and compiled Essay for Class 5 in English covering frequently asked essay topics from different categories. Increase your vocabulary and develop a strong command over English by reading and practicing various Essay Writing Topics. The Content in the Sample Essays for 5th Std Students is written in a simple and easy to understand language. You can access both Short and Long Essays on the Most Common Topics and use them as a part of your competitions or speeches.
Essay Topics List for Class 5 Children
All the Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students are written in a simple language keeping in mind the student’s level of understanding. Access the Essay Writing Topics & Ideas for 5th Standard Children available through the quick links and tap on the respective topic you wish to see. By reading and writing using the Class 5 Essays you can improve your vocabulary as well as get uniqueness to write an essay on your own. By doing so you can learn how to put your thoughts into words.
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The best way to write an essay is to jot down what you are going to write beforehand. Not just the Essay make sure you have a structure too in mind. This really helps and is the simplest thing to write an essay.
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You can find some Good Descriptive Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students on our page.
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A good essay should have a bang-on opening statement that draw’s the attention of the users followed by a thesis statement and then a conclusion or a closing statement supporting your ideas. The Idea of each paragraph should be well explained and try considering examples too in between.
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5th grade writing doesn’t have to be a struggle! This blog post will provide all of my best tips and ideas for teaching your fifth graders to succeed as writers.
I’ve had classes where writing was a struggle allll yearrrr longggg. I’ve also had classes where I’d swear my students were one step away from writing professionally.
Your groups will never be the same and that’s ok. Just roll with it!
Take heart in the fact that when students leave your class at the end of the year, they will be MUCH better writers than when they entered in the fall.
No matter how good (or bad) my students are at writing when 5th grade begins, we always start at the very beginning and work on writing strong sentences.
This post will give you a step-by-step breakdown of how I help my students move from dull to dazzling sentences: How to Help Your Students Write Better Sentences
Once they’ve got the hang of writing an excellent sentence, then we move on. Your class may move slowly or quickly but be sure to watch their writing closely for clues that you may need to slow down.
You need to know where you’re going to know how you should plan the journey. So, the next section lays out my end-of-the-year goals for my 5th grade writers. Everything I do all year leads to the completion of these goals.
My end-of-the-year goals for my 5th grade writers….
By the time my students walk out of my classroom for the last time…
1. I want them to be able to efficiently organize their ideas and plan/write a five paragraph essay.
2. I want my students to be able to construct narrative, informative, and opinion essays.
3. I want my students to be able to choose appropriate sources and write a simple research report.
4. I want my students to be able to closely read two paired passages and write an essay in response to a prompt.
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Obtain a Writing Sample!
Give students a simple prompt and ask for a response in a paragraph or two. Emphasize to students that you are not grading writing samples for grammar, spelling, or structure. You are interested in the quality of their ideas.
This writing sample will be valuable as the year goes on. Your students will improve so much that their first samples will (hopefully) be pathetic compared to their new, improved writing pieces.
I usually whip out their first samples after we’ve written a few five paragraph essays. Students feel inspired to keep growing their writing skills when they see how far they’ve come in just a few months.
Example Writing Sample Prompts:
- Describe a talent or characteristic that makes you unique and different.
- Tell about a time when you set a goal for yourself and reached that goal.
- Pretend you live in a society where children are required to choose their future career paths in the 5th grade. What path would you choose? Explain.
Create Writing Reference Notebooks with students!
I’ll admit it – I’m a little obsessed with writing reference notebooks. We use composition notebooks to create these amazing sources of knowledge and we use them all year long.
So, where do we start with creating writing reference notebooks?
The beginning section of students’ notebooks hold reference materials. I want students to have plenty of resources at their fingertips to improve their sentence writing, including alternatives for overused words and my specialty, sparkle words. Sparkle words are words that are just a little bit special and make my students’ writing shine, like scandalous, embrace, and intriguing.
Other ways that my students use their writing reference notebooks:
- Writing journal entries
- Creating a personal thesaurus
- Writing topics & ideas list
- Taking notes on writing skills lessons
- Writing first drafts of longer assignments
This resource will give you an idea of the printable pages that I use for students’ notebooks: Writing Interactive Notebook – Reference Pages
Do I take grades on students’ writing reference notebooks? Not really. I want these notebooks to be a safe space for students to jot ideas and take risks with their first drafts. I do sometimes take a participation grade on their notebooks. This encourages students to keep their notebooks organized and up to date.
Start with sentences!
When teaching 5th grade, you can expect students to start the year writing complete sentences, right?! No, sorry. Whether it’s the long break or maybe your students’ 4th grade teachers never required a lick of writing, your 5th graders will often begin the year with less-than-stellar sentences.
So, I just plan to start with sentences first every year. We work on building and expanding sentences for about two weeks. Yes, two weeks probably seems like a really long time, but spectacular sentences are the foundation for creating great writers.
To improve my students’ sentences, I take the basic, simple sentences that students write and we work on adding more specific details and interest. First, I give students a list of five nouns and ask them to write one sentence using each noun.
I usually get sentences similar to these:
- Pie is my favorite dessert.
- My dad’s car is red.
- I wear my jacket when it is cold.
- This school is a nice place to learn.
- The tree is tall.
This is where I want students to get in their sentence-writing before moving on:
- Pecan, cherry, apple, or pumpkin… any type of pie is delicious!
- My dad spends his Saturdays washing and shining up his candy apple red Jeep.
- A puffy, hooded jacket is the first thing I reach for on chilly mornings.
- My school, North Hills Elementary, has the best teachers and students.
- The tall Redwood tree in my front yard is a welcome sight to visitors and makes my house look spectacular.
My students write every single day!
I vividly remember being in 5th grade myself and writing long papers on the most boring topics ever, like “The Science of Light” and “The History of Mapmaking.” Snooze fest! I vowed to never do that to my students. Instead, I took a different route.
Students absolutely need to learn to write full reports and five paragraph essays, but they don’t need to do this every week. They do, however, need to continually practice writing. I find that if I make writing assignments engaging, my students don’t complain and actually seem to enjoy writing.
I assign Weekly Writing Choice Boards . This writing has made all the difference in my classroom! Students are now excited about writing class. They see writing as a treat and a fun way to express their thoughts and opinions.
I hand out a new choice board every week and students must complete three assignments from the board. I don’t grade these on perfect grammar, spelling, or punctuation, instead I look for ideas and effort. Even imperfect writing practice will improve your students’ writing skills tremendously!
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If you teach social studies in addition to writing, this blog post will give you a bunch of engaging social studies journal entries that will help you tie social studies into your writing instruction.
Train students in proofreading and editing!
Student need to practice proofreading and editing their writing (and the writing of other students) near the beginning of the school year.
Repeatedly practicing the steps of the proofreading/editing process will help your students to internalize this procedure. You’ll find that they will start to catch their mistakes earlier and more independently.
I find it valuable to establish and consistently use a common “proofreading language” in my classroom. It takes a little time up front to teach students the markings and their meanings but having a common system for proofreading will save loads of time throughout the school year.
This resource will give you an idea of the proofreading marks and practice that I use in my classroom: Proofreading and Editing Activity Pack
Asking your students to proofread and edit their own writing is a must but it’s also a good thing to have students pair up and look over a partner’s writing also. Your students will receive valuable feedback on their writing, editing ideas, and they’ll get to see some writing styles that are a little different from their own.
Teach five paragraph essays one piece at a time!
Once my students are stellar sentence writers, we move to simple paragraphs. The simple paragraphs that I use with students consist of a topic sentence, three detail sentences, and a closing sentence.
Starting with simple paragraphs is much less threatening than jumping straight into five paragraph essays, so I find that spending some time helping students write excellent simple paragraphs is the perfect bridge into essays.
Additionally, we color-code our simple paragraphs. This allows students to think critically about what sentence types they have written and provides a visual for students (and for me) to see that all required parts of the paragraph are included.
The color-code I use with students:
- Topic sentence – green
- 3 detail sentences – yellow
- Closing sentence – red
Planning and Writing Body Paragraphs
Once students are able to write great simple paragraphs, we dive into the planning and writing of body paragraphs.
This isn’t too much of a jump for students because the body paragraphs are structured similarly to the simple paragraphs that we have practiced over and over. The only difference is that they are using one prompt to write three body paragraphs.
Many teachers think they have to start with the first paragraph of the essay, the introduction paragraph. This isn’t what I recommend. Starting by teaching students to write the three body paragraphs helps to steer the rest of the essay.
Adding an Introduction Paragraph
Now that students are able to write their three body paragraphs, it’s time to add the introduction paragraph.
The introduction paragraph contains a hook, commentary, and a thesis sentence.
The hook is a sentence (or two) that “hooks” readers and builds interest in the upcoming essay. I teach my students several types of hooks, including quotes, questions, bold statements, or sharing a memory.
After the hook, I ask students to write a sentence or two of commentary on the hook or on the prompt in general. This helps to “bulk up” their introduction paragraph a bit and make it more interesting.
The final part of the introduction paragraph is the thesis sentence. Because students already learned to write the body paragraphs, crafting a thesis sentence is so much easier.
The formula for writing a thesis sentence: Restate the prompt briefly + detail 1 + detail 2 + detail 3.
Additionally, I teach transition teams at this point. Students need to use a transition word or phrase at the beginning of each body paragraph, so that’s where transition teams come in. Transition teams are sets of three transition words or phrases that work well together.
Examples of transition teams:
- First, Second, Finally
- To begin, To continue, To end
- One reason, Another reason, A final reason
Adding a Conclusion Paragraph
When conclusion paragraph day finally arrives, my students are so excited because they can finally write an entire five paragraph essay.
In my opinion, conclusion paragraphs are super easy to teach because they only have two parts. Here’s the conclusion paragraph formula: Write the thesis sentence in a different way + add a closing thought.
I allow students to be creative with their closing thoughts. I tell them that this is the final thought that your readers will take with them, so it needs to relate well to your entire essay while being engaging and thought-provoking for readers. Some examples of closing thoughts are calls to action, quotes, personal opinions, and brief personal experiences.
Teach, Discuss, & Practice with Rubrics
I inform my students that from this point on in their school journey, they will be graded with rubrics fairly often, so this is a good time to learn about rubrics and become familiar with them.
I create or find five paragraph essay samples that are good, bad, and in-between. We read and examine the samples as a class and circle the applicable parts of the rubric. If students are able to grade a few assignments using a rubric, it’s not this unknown, scary thing anymore.
Are you grading every single word and making a million corrections on students’ essays? I give you permission to stop doing that! 🙂
You are going to burn yourself out and get to where you hate grading and teaching writing. To be honest, your students will not become better writers when their papers are marked all over with suggestions in the margins.
Help! I need more support…
Please visit the following blog post for in-depth explanations and examples of my five paragraph essay teaching and grading process:
Tips for Teaching and Grading Five Paragraph Essays
This resource will provide you with a full, scaffolded unit that will help you to teach the five paragraph essay process to students! Five Paragraph Essay Instructional Unit
Narrative, Informative, and Opinion Essays
As much as we’d like to just have our students write simple, straightforward five paragraph essays all year, that’s just not feasible.
But I promise, once your students can crank out those five paragraph essays on simple topics, moving to other modes of writing is no sweat!
In my classroom, we spend time learning to write opinion essays, narrative essays, and informative essays.
I start with opinion writing because my students have a lot of opinions, haha! We channel those opinions into five paragraph essay format. 🙂
The skills involved in writing a research report are valuable for 5th graders. They need to be able to judge the reliability of a source and cite their sources properly.
Research reports also teach students to organize their ideas, take notes, make an outline, write a draft, and create a final report.
I’d like to point you to the following blog post where I detailed my entire process for teaching research reports.
The Step-By-Step Guide to Teaching Research Reports
5th graders are too young to compare two passages and write a response. Right?!
No, this is not true at all. I think that reading paired passages and using them to craft a written response is a valuable skill for 5th graders.
Steps to analyzing paired passages and writing an essay to answer a prompt:
First, dissect the prompt.
Second, closely read the paired texts.
Third, organize thoughts using the prompt.
The following blog post explains my paired passage writing steps in detail. Take a moment to check it out. You’ll be glad you did!
How to Teach Writing Using Paired Passages
My Sequence & Pacing for Teaching 5th Grade Writing
Don’t stress! This sequence and pacing guide is hyperlinked and ready to be sent to your email address. Go to the bottom of this blog post to request the guide.
1st Month of School
We start school in the middle of the month, so I only have two weeks to teach during the first month of school.
This is the rundown for the remainder of the month:
Month 1, Week 3
The first week of the school year is all about teaching and practicing procedures. Teach it right or teach it all year! 🙂
Classroom Procedures – I recommend you check out this blog post: 5 Tips for Establishing Procedures in the Upper Elementary Classroom
Welcome Activities – Welcome to 5th Grade: First Week of School Activities
Blog Post – Back to School Writing Prompts for 5th Graders
Month 1, Week 4
During this week, I review and continue practicing procedures with students but we do go ahead and start working on writing.
I establish my expectations and procedures for my students’ Weekly Writing Choice Boards.
We set up writing notebooks together, including the table of contents, cover page, and an About the Author page.
Obtain a writing sample
We start working on improving sentences.
2nd Month of School
Month 2, Week 1
We continue working on improving sentences.
Start proofreading/editing instruction and practice.
Month 2 , Week 2
Review the process for writing excellent sentences.
Finish proofreading/editing instruction and practice.
Month 2, Weeks 3-4
Writing simple paragraphs (include color-code)
3rd Month of School
Month 3, Weeks 1-2
Planning & writing body paragraphs (include color-code)
Month 3, Weeks 3-4
Teach introduction paragraphs
Writing introduction plus body paragraphs (include color code)
4th Month of School
Month 4, Weeks 1-2
Teach students how to write conclusion paragraphs.
Students will write their first full five paragraph essays this week.
Month 4, Weeks 3-4
Write 5 paragraph essays with a variety of basic prompts.
Have students proofread/edit other students’ essays.
Provide mini-lessons on grammar structure or other issues you are noticing in students’ writing.
5th Month of School
This is where our winter break falls, so I only have two weeks to teach this month.
This is a great time to review what we’ve been working on all year and assign some fun journal prompts.
Also, writing mini-lessons are good fillers for this time.
This Winter Writing Project is a student favorite right before winter break!
6th Month of School
Month 6, Week 1
When we come back from winter break, I like to teach the research report process. I spend a week teaching the process and giving students time to research while I’m there to help.
Month 6, Week 2
Student complete their research reports, including outlines, citing sources, and etc.
I ask my students to do super quick presentations on their research topics. It’s 1-2 minutes max. I don’t want them to read their reports aloud because that’s boring. Instead, I want them to quickly highlight what they learned about their topics and what was fascinating to them.
Month 6, Week 3
We review the five paragraph essay process and write/proofread/edit an essay with a simple prompt.
Month 6, Week 4
I start opinion writing this week. You’ll find that students will slide into opinion writing easily because they already know five paragraph essay structure.
7th Month of School
Month 7, Week 1
Continue working on opinion writing. By the end of this week, students should be able to write an opinion essay using a prompt.
Month 7, Weeks 2-3
We spend two weeks on narrative writing. By the end of the second week, students should be able to write a narrative essay using a prompt.
Month 7, Week 4
This week, I teach the process of writing an informative essay.
8th Month of School
Month 8, Week 1
Continue working on informative essays. Students should be able to write an informative essay using a prompt by the end of this week.
Month 8, Weeks 2-3
Teach students how to write an essay using paired passages.
For more information on how I teach the steps above, visit this blog post: How to Teach Writing Using Paired Passages
Month 8, Week 4
Now that students know the process of using paired passages, I provide a set of paired passages and ask students to answer prompts in a variety of genres, like opinion, narrative, informative, poetry, and etc.
This resource makes it easy:
Paired Passages with Writing Prompts and Activities Bundle
9th Month of School
Month 9, Week 1
Continue working on using paired passages to write in a variety of genres.
Talk about last minute standardized testing tips to help students with their writing tests.
The rest of the month is taken up with standardized testing, so I do a lot of review activities, free writing, and etc.
I do have a set of suspense stories that my students love to write during this month. Check them out here: Suspense Stories Bundle
10th Month of School
During this month, we are wrapping up the year. Students participate in multiple activities and field trips, so there’s not much teaching time.
If you are still feeling overwhelmed, don’t dismay. Instructing young, inexperienced writers is a challenge. Just work on one step at a time to avoid overwhelming yourself and your students. Once you’ve taught writing for a year or two, you’ll feel like an old pro. Promise!
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Hello When you do the back to school journal prompts, where do you have students complete these? On single paper, google classroom?
Hi Sarah! Usually, I have students complete the prompts in their social studies interactive notebooks. This year, however, we were virtual at the beginning of the year, so I had students type their entries onto Google Docs.
Hi! I am a new 5th grade teacher, and I’m wondering if your school uses a particular writing curriculum? Your website has been so helpful – thank you!!
Hi Jenny! We don’t use a particular writing curriculum at my school. I use my own resources to teach writing. Please reach out to me at [email protected] if I can help or answer any questions for you 🙂
Do you have any resources in Spanish?
Hi Danielle! The only resources I have in Spanish are my Parent’s Guide to Reading resources, grades K-5.
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The Guide to 5th Grade: Reading and Writing
Your child is about to enter what’s often considered the last year of elementary school — and will soon be exploring middle school curriculum! That’s why 5th grade is an extremely important time for students to cement the skills they have gained throughout the upper grades and lay a solid foundation for the years ahead.
In short, this year is all about helping students practice, refine, and grow their skills. Students build on what they learned in 4th grade by analyzing material in deeper ways, and write structured, clear, and detailed pieces about a variety of subjects. They are encouraged and expected to be more independent in their learning, and to require less guidance and support from teachers and other adults. For instance, when a student is asked to research a topic, they should know what to do to accomplish that (even if they need a little help from a teacher along the way).
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Fifth Grade Reading
Most of the 5th grade reading curriculum focuses on teaching students to understand and develop ideas about the texts they read. Fifth graders learn to support their ideas using specific details from books, and are expected to think carefully about (and ultimately use) quotes, facts, and events to develop opinions about a text and explain it. Students practice this as they read texts together as a class and independently, and their teachers often show them specific strategies they can use to do this. Fifth graders also expand these skills as they write extensively about what they read in every subject.
To build reading skills, your fifth grader :
- Begins to use direct quotes from texts to explain and prove ideas about the reading.
- Reads a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
- Uses details from the text to summarize it, identity the main idea or theme, compare characters or events, or compare different texts of the same genre.
- Interprets and understands metaphors and comparisons made in a text.
- Identifies an author or narrator’s point of view and explains how this affects the content of a text.
- Compares multiple perspectives on the same event, idea, or theme.
- Uses the context of a text to determine the meaning of unknown words.
- Uses technology and digital media to further their understanding of a topic and to find answers to their questions.
- Gathers information about a topic from multiple sources.
Fifth Grade Reading Activities
Start a Book Club : It can include family members, your child’s friends and their parents, or just the two of you. Select a book together and establish small reading assignments (perhaps one or two chapters per week). Talk about the book's themes, using concrete examples you find in the text. After you finish one book, pick another by the same author about a similar topic (or in the same genre) and compare the two.
Gain Perspective : Read two different texts about an event you and your child attended (or you can each write your own personal account of it). Ask your child to compare the differences in the perspectives they are written from.
Read and Research : Help your child come up with a question about a topic of interest, and work together to explore a variety of sources for the answer. Use technology, books (such as the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary !), magazines, newspapers, and, if relevant, poetry and fiction.
Fifth Grade Writing
Fifth graders build on the skills they learned in 4th grade to become clearer and more developed writers. They pursue many different kinds of pieces covering a variety of topics, and use details and organization to strengthen their writing. As they work on pieces in class, students are taught to use writing to share their own unique ideas and perspectives — not just those of others.
To build writing skills, your fifth grader :
- an introduction and conclusion
- a logical and clear structure
- evidence that supports the author’s opinion
- explain a topic using details such as definitions, quotations, and facts
- include an introduction and conclusion
- introduce and describe an event in a logical way
- use details such as dialogue, thoughts, and emotions
- provide a conclusion
- Plans, revises, and edits their writing.
- Thinks about the best way to approach their writing and tries different ways to do so — such as writing in a different tense, or from a different perspective.
- Uses technology (under adult supervision) to publish writing, research, and communicate with others.
- Types at least two pages of text in one sitting.
- Uses multiple sources to write and create a research project.
- Takes notes on information and cites the sources used.
- Writes pieces that take long periods of time (a few weeks) and short periods of time (one sitting or a couple of days).
Fifth Grade Writing Activities
Practice Typing : Experiment with the many different ways your child might do this — for instance, they can play typing games, type something they have written, or transcribe a conversation you have together.
Edit, Edit, Edit : You and your child can both write your own pieces, or your child can choose a short piece of writing from another source. Whatever they choose, ask your child to “revise” or “edit” the text, aiming to improve it by adding more detail and descriptions.
Pick a New Perspective : Use a piece you or your child wrote or pick a text written by someone else, like a short story or article. Ask your child to rewrite the piece from a different perspective, like that of another character in the story or a person who witnessed the event. Talk to your child about the differences in those perspectives.
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Fun Creative Writing and Essay Topics for Grade 5
Welcome. Here you’ll find 34 Creative Writing Topics + 28 BONUS Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students — There’s no doubt about it. Great writing ideas are one of the most effective ways to inspire creativity in young students. Plus, fun prompt ideas can also encourage a genuine interest in creative writing. Oh yeah!
Now, in this blog post, you’ll discover…
Creative Writing Topics and Essay Topics for Grade 5
Our list of 34 fun creative writing and the bonus list of 28 more essay topics for grade 5 students are designed especially to inspire new thoughts and ideas in your learners.
As your 5th-grade writers dream about fun topics such as how they would get along with their favorite book characters and what sports they would add to the Olympics…
Students will feel inspired to get more detailed and descriptive in their essay writing or other formats of the written word.
Or, as they get creative and make up their own origin stories about the Earth and reflect on the most interesting people they know, students will have the opportunity to fully express their own unique ways of looking at the world!
Now, for those creative writing ideas and essay topics for Grade 5 kids. Enjoy!
34 Exciting Creative Writing Topics for 5th Grade Students
Get to it and use the following exciting creative writing topics and essay topics for grade 5 students and see what kind of inspired new ideas they can come up with.
- What would it be like to live in a world where everyone’s dreams came true?
- Imagine that you are given the power to make any one of your dreams come true Which dream would you choose? Write about the dream that is most important to you and why you would most want it to come true.
- Pick a natural landmark or a geographical feature and write an origin story about it from the perspective of one of the world’s first civilized cultures. How did the landmark or geographical feature come to be? What does it represent? Why should it be important to humans?
- If you could go to space at some point in your life, what would you most like to see or experience? Choose anything in the universe and write about it—whether or not it would be realistic for a person to travel there!
- If you could invent any tool or new technology that would improve your life in some way, what would you create? What would it do? How would it work? When would you use it?
- What does it mean to have a successful life? What is the best way to measure success? Why?
- Imagine that you are selected as an ambassador for fifth-grade students all across the country and that you get to meet the President. What would you want to discuss with the President? What experiences of other fifth graders would you choose to share?
- What is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to you? Write about your experience and be sure to describe how you felt during and after the event.
- Think of one of your favorite stories from your childhood—and then rewrite it with an alternate ending.
- What is the most interesting fact you know? Explain the fact, what it means, and why you think it is an interesting or important thing for people to know.
- Which of your extended family members are you closest with? Write about what kinds of things you and this person like to do together.
- If you could add any one sport, skill, or activity to the Olympics—and then compete in it—what would you choose? Do you think it would be popular with other people? Why?
- If you had the chance to create your own country, what would it be called? What laws would you put into place? What kinds of things would be important to your culture and society?
- Do you play any musical instruments? If so, describe the instrument you play and explain what you like and dislike about it. If not, choose an instrument you would like to learn to play and write about why you like that particular type of music.
- What is your favorite time of the year? What do you like most about it?
- Write about someone who has a profession that you admire. What do you find inspiring about his or her job?
- Why do some animals live in the wild and others live in zoos? Do you think zoos are good for animals? Why or why not?
- Write a creative story about a world in which the animals take over and put all the humans in a human zoo. What kinds of educational exhibits might they have (grandparents, kids, etc.)? Would you enjoy living in the zoo? Why or why not?
- Do you like your name? Do you think it suits you? If you could change it, what would you change it to—and why?
- Write about a time when you finally mastered a skill or a lesson after spending forever practicing or studying it. How did you feel when you were done? Do you still remember what you learned?
- What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
- If you suddenly lost your ability to taste, what flavor would you miss the most? How do you think this challenge would impact your daily life?
- Imagine that you have become a character in your favorite book. What is the greatest challenge you now face? How will you interact with the book’s other characters to overcome it?
- What is the coolest-looking building in our city? What do you like most about it? How is it different from other architectural designs?
- Where do you like to go when you need some time to be alone? What makes this place ideal for thinking and relaxing by yourself?
- What is the #1 goal you hope to achieve in middle school? Why is it so important to you?
- Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met? Describe what makes him or her so interesting and what you think of his or her life.
- Do you think you would like to have kids someday when you are older? Why or why not?
- Do you get nervous speaking in front of large groups of people? Why or why not?
- Write about a time when someone said something that changed the way you thought about a particular subject. What did the person say, and why did it have such a strong impact on you?
- What is the best way to change someone else’s mind about a strong belief they hold? Write about a time when you were able to influence someone to change his or her way of thinking.
- Write about a time when you were in a bad situation and finally saw a silver lining. What happened? How did it make you feel?
- Imagine that you are living in the year 1835 and write about what your life would be like. What would you do each day? Where would your family live?
I hope you enjoyed this list of creative ideas and essay topics for grade 5.
28 Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students
Now, I’d like to share more essay topics for grade 5 with you.
Deep Writing Prompts to Promote Reflection and Exploration
- Write about the most important life lesson you’ve learned thus far.
- Do you tend to make decisions from your head or your heart? Do you believe one method is better than the other? Why or why not?
- Write about something that would make your life easier.
- What is the most important quality to have in a friend? Do any of your friends possess this quality?
- Write about a time when you told a lie for a poor reason. How did you feel afterward? Did the other person find out you were lying?
- Write about something you regret or an experience that you wish you could go back and change. Why is this event so significant to you?
Argumentative Essay Topics
- Does pop culture have value?
- Should parents monitor their children’s Internet and/or social media usage?
- When it comes to government monitoring, which is more important—individual privacy or national security?
- How does the location someone grows up in affect who they become?
- Should the Pledge of Allegiance be recited (or required) in schools?
- Should official forms and documents have more than two options available when asking about gender?
- Do participation trophies have value or do they undervalue the achievements of the winners?
- Should children have restricted limits on the amount of screen time they can have on their cell phones, computers, and so forth?
Great Narrative Writing Essay Prompts
- Write about something funny or scary that happened to you.
- Write about someone who has played a major role in your life. Shape the narrative around a memorable experience you had with him or her.
- Write about your experience growing up with the Internet.
- Write a narrative essay describing how you got something important to you (such as your name, a nickname, a scar, or a beloved possession).
- Write about an important memory you share with your parents.
- Write about a time when you felt really confident in yourself.
More Essay Topic Ideas
- What is your favorite hobby and why?
- Do you believe in superheroes?
- If I won the lottery, I would…
- School uniform requirements are…
- The school year should be longer, short, or adjusted because…
- What makes an animal a good pet?
- What is your favorite year of your life and why?
- Is writing skill development important to you, why or why not?
I hope this list of essay topics for grade 5 inspires your writers!
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Making Writing Fun for 5th Graders
For a student who is full of imagination and eager to express their inner thoughts, creative writing (or journaling) can be an exciting alternative to more traditional school assignments like book reports and essays.
Best of all, because writing offers so much more flexibility and freedom of expression, students are less likely to perceive the activity as “work” and more likely to feel like they’re having fun at school!
Finally, be sure to take a look at these awesome writing resources.
More Grade 5 Writing Resources
- 72 5th Grade Writing Prompts
- 5th Grade Opinion Writing Prompts
- Printable 5th Grade Writing Worksheets
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