These creative writing prompts for 5th grade students will spark the imagination of even the most reluctant writer! They are unique writing topics that will allow your 5th graders to freely create bold new narratives...
Creative Writing Prompts for 5th Grade
Prompt 1: Write a fairy tale and start it with this line: "Once upon a time there were three caterpillars…."
Prompt 2: Rewrite the story of Cinderella from one of the wicked step-sister's point of view.
Prompt 3: For Halloween, you and your best friend decide to go to the house which everyone says is owned by a witch. When you go up the sidewalk, all of the lights are off and it looks like no one is home, but you knock on the door anyway. The door swings open wide. It's not a witch at all! It's ______. Write about who opened the door and what your reaction was.
Prompt 4: Write an essay describing what you think the expression "a rolling stone gathers no moss" means.
Prompt 5: What was your favorite TV show when you were in kindergarten? Do you think if you watched the same show now, five years later, you would still find it as interesting as you did then? Why or why not?
Prompt 6: On your way home from school one day, you find a magic talking rock. It tells you that you will be granted your heart's desire, but first you must complete one really difficult task. What is your heart's desire and what do you have to do to earn it?
Prompt 7: You're in an elevator with the one person in the world that you really dislike. Suddenly the elevator gets stuck between floors. Write a story in which you two become friends by the time you are rescued. Use lots of dialogue for this one!
Prompt 8: The headline of your local newspaper reads MAN DIGS UP TREASURE IN HIS OWN BACKYARD! Write the newspaper article that accompanies it. Be sure to mention why he was digging in the first place and what he found.
Prompt 9: You've entered your dog in the "best looking dog" contest at the local fair. He doesn't win that title. Instead he wins the blue ribbon for being the ……
Prompt 10: Start a story with this opening. "It was raining the day I rode my bike to ……"
Prompt 11: If you could go back to any time in your life and change one thing, what would you change and why?
Prompt 12: Your six-year-old sister is in your room when you come home from school. You look around and all of your toys, stuffed animals, books, even your bed is covered with red marker. Write a story about how you feel and how you handle the situation.
Prompt 13: You're invited to two birthday parties which are being held at the same time on the same day. One is your best friend's birthday. The other is the new kid in school who you'd really like to be friends with. What do you do and what do you tell the other person about why you can't come to his party.
Prompt 14: You wake up in the middle of the night because you had a nightmare where dinosaurs are chasing you. When you wake up you are afraid for a minute to open your eyes. Your finally summon up the courage to take a peek and when you do you couldn't be more surprised. There standing in your bedroom is ……..
Prompt 15: Your mother just came home with a dresser for your room that she bought at a tag sale. When you look inside the drawers, you find a hidden letter which has yellowed from age. What did the letter say and who wrote it?
Prompt 16: "I've got to find a way to keep him," Jenny thought as she held onto the scruffy, dirty dog.
Prompt 17: If I told you once I've told you a thousand times," Coach Munson said, "You're never going to make it if you don't…."
Prompt 18: As soon as I looked at my test grade, I knew I'd never get to….
Prompt 19: Every day at exactly 2:00, the elderly lady who lives across the street from you goes into her garden, looks up at the sky and sings a song from an opera. Write a short story about who she is and why she does that.
Prompt 20: The class skiing trip is next week and I still don't…
Prompt 21: Just once I wish my mom wouldn't…
Prompt 22: I knew the second I woke up today that this day was going to be a disaster. And it's all because of …..
Prompt 23: I will never ever be friends with Charlie Joe again. Not ever. This time he…..
Prompt 24: Should students be allowed to bring their pets to school? Why or why not?
Prompt 25: Write a story with this opening…Once upon a time in a land called Trop, there lived 3 moskolopes. There names were…____, ____, and ____. What type of creatures are moskolopes and what happens to them in the land of Trop?