Creative Expository Writing Prompts for 5th Grade

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…

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: Your friends have a nickname for you. They call you Blizzard. How did you get that name?

Prompt 4: Describe the color yellow to a person who is blind.  

Prompt 5: 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 6: Write about something that is hard for you to do.

Prompt 7: Write a story using these words: tumble, mirror, crow, toothbrush and helicopter.

Prompt 8: Write an essay describing what you think the expression a rolling stone gathers no moss means.

Prompt 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: Start a story with this opening. “It was raining the day I rode my bike to ……”

Prompt 15: If you could go back to any time in your life and change one thing, what would you change and why?

Prompt 16: 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 17: 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 18: You are having 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 19: If you could become a member of any family on TV, which member would you become and why?

Prompt 20: 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 21: “I’ve got to find a way to keep him,” Jenny thought as she held onto the scruffy, dirty dog.

Prompt 22: 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 23: What to you think the squeaky wheel gets the grease means?

Prompt 24: As soon as I looked at my test grade, I knew I’d never get to….

Prompt 25: 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 26: The class skiing trip is next week and I still don’t…

Prompt 27: Just once I wish my mom wouldn’t…

Prompt 28: If it were up to me, school would only be in session…..

Prompt 29: knew the second I woke up today that this day was going to be a disaster. And it’s all because of …..

Prompt 30: How would you describe the sound of a tuba to someone who is deaf? 

Prompt 31: I will never ever be friends with Charlie Joe again. Not ever. This time he…..

Prompt 32: How do you feel about rainy days? Do you like them because everything feels fresh afterwards and you like a day of coziness and laziness? Or do they make you sad because you are one of those people who needs the sun to be shining to feel happy inside?

Prompt 33: Should students be allowed to bring their pets to school? Why or why not?

Prompt 34: Explain what the saying people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones means.

Prompt 35: 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?

Prompt 36: Using your knowledge of your local geography and environment, explain to a new inhabitant how to find your city or town.

Prompt 37: If you live in a smaller town, do you wish you lived in a big city? Why or why not? And if you live in a large city, do you wish you lived in a small town or a farming community? Why or why not?

Prompt 38: What do you think the expression You can’t go home again means?