Essay Ideas For 5th Grade

Creative Writing Topics for Grade 5 Students

There’s no doubt about it—journaling is one of the most effective ways to inspire creativity and encourage an interest in writing in young students.

For a student who is full of imagination and eager to express his or her inner thoughts, journaling can be an exciting alternative to more traditional school assignments like book reports and themes.  Best of all, because journaling 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!

These 34 new creative writing topics for grade 5 students are designed especially to inspire new thoughts and ideas in your students.  As they dream about fun topics like 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 writing—and as they 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.

34 Exciting Creative Writing Topics for 5th Grade Students

Use these exciting new creative writing topics for your grade 5 students and see what kind of inspired new ideas they can come up with!

  1. What would it be like to live in a world where everyone’s dreams came true?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. 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?
  6. What does it mean to have a successful life? What is the best way to measure success?  Why?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. Think of one of your favorite stories from your childhood—and then rewrite it with an alternate ending.
  10. 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.
  11. Which of your extended family members are you closest with? Write about what kinds of things you and this person like to do together.
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. What is your favorite time of the year? What do you like most about it?
  16. Write about someone who has a profession that you admire. What do you find inspiring about his or her job?
  17. 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?
  18. 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?
  19. If you could be any famous person for a day, who would you want to be? Why?”
  20. Do you like your name? Do you think it suits you?  If you could change it, what would you change it to—and why?
  21. 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?
  22. What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
  23. 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?
  24. 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?
  25. What is the coolest-looking building in our city? What do you like most about it?  How is it different from other architectural designs?
  26. 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?
  27. What is the #1 goal you hope to achieve in middle school? Why is it so important to you?
  28. 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.
  29. Do you think you would like to have kids someday when you are older? Why or why not?
  30. Do you get nervous speaking in front of large groups of people? Why or why not?
  31. 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?
  32. 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.
  33. 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?
  34. 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?

Until next time, journal on…

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Chores (Persuasive)

Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your reasons.

School Lunch Menu (Persuasive)

Your school cafeteria always has the same lunch menu. You think it should have more choices. Write a letter to your principal asking for more variety on the menu. In your letter, include three reasons for changing the menu and some suggestions for what to add to it.

Cousin (Descriptive)

Pretend that you have a cousin you've never met. Your cousin lives in another state, but you want him or her to get to know you. Write a letter to your cousin describing yourself. Include what you look like, your personality, and your interests.

Feeling Happy (Descriptive)

Think about something that made you happy recently. Describe fully what happened and how you felt. Also explain why it made you feel that way.

Make a Change (Cause-Effect)

Think of something in your school which needs to be changed. Describe why it has to be changed. Explain how this change will affect students.

No Rules (Cause-Effect)

Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your imagination!

Earn Money (Process)

Pretend that your class publishes a newspaper. Your classmates write to you and ask for help. You then tell them what they should do. You just got this letter:

Dear Secret Helper,

I am in fifth grade. I really want a bike! All my friends have bikes. But I only have $5. How can I make money for a bike? Help!

Your friend,


Can you help Jimmy? Answer his letter. Describe one way he can make money for his bike and write in detail everything Jimmy needs to do to earn enough money for the bike.

Best Friends (Compare-Contrast)

People can be different in some ways yet still be best friends. Describe you and your best friend. Then explain two ways that you are similar and two ways that you are different. Give examples to show how you are alike and different.

Be a Detective (Narrative)

You are a famous detective. You have just been hired to find out why the school lunches tasted awful last week. It's a difficult job, but you're ready for it!

What do you do? How do you solve the case? What do you find out? Write a story about what happens. Use your imagination!

Be a Super Hero (Narrative)

Suppose you woke up and found out that you had become a super hero for a day. What happened? What powers did you have? What did you do? Write a story about your day. Be creative!

Monday and Friday (Compare and Contrast)

Mondays and Fridays are both school days; however, they are different in some ways. Write an essay describing what Mondays are like, including how you feel and what you do on Mondays. Then, describe what Fridays are like. Explain two ways that Mondays and Fridays are similar, and explain two ways that they are different. Include examples to support your points.

Special Treat (Descriptive)

Think about a favorite food you look forward to eating at special occasions. Write an essay describing this food, including details about how it looks, smells, and tastes. Why is this food special to you?

Favorite Animal (Descriptive)

Of all the wild animals that you have ever seen in a zoo, movie, or book, what is your favorite? Which animal would you most like for a friend? Write an essay describing your favorite animal, including its appearance, its habitat, and its behavior. Explain why the animal is your favorite.

Foods for Health (Cause and Effect)

We need to eat many different kinds of foods to grow strong and healthy. Write a description of at least three foods you think are needed for a healthful diet. Explain the benefit each food brings to you. Also describe what you think would happen to your body if you did not eat these healthy foods.

Grocery Town (Narrative)

Imagine that the grocery store is a town where different foods live. Write a story about a day in Grocery Town when one of the foods does something that changed the lives of all the foods in the town. What did the food do? What happened to it and to the other foods afterward?

Dream Blending (Narrative)

Imagine that you fell asleep while reading your history textbook and your favorite storybook at the same time. What would happen if the two stories came together in your dream? Use your imagination to rewrite your favorite story in a different time period in history.

New Subject to Study (Persuasive)

Imagine that your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks. Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice.

The Field Trip (Persuasive)

Your teacher is trying to decide whether to take the class on a field trip to the zoo or to a local museum. Which would you rather do? Write an essay to persuade your teacher to agree with your choice. Give at least three reasons to support your choice.

Birthday Bash (Process)

You've been asked to plan the perfect birthday party, and you want to write your plan down step by step to be sure you don't leave anything out. What do you do first? What important steps come next? You may pick a certain age or theme, but don't forget a single detail.

Library (Process)

Imagine that a new student has come to your school, and your teacher has asked you to show him around. Your school library has a different system from that of his old school. Write instructions to help the new student become familiar with the library's system. Explain how to find a book and how to check it out from the school library.

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