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Creative Writing Prompts for Fifth Grade

These creative 5th grade writing prompts will spark the imagination of even the most reluctant 5th grade student writer! They are unique writing topics that will allow your young students to freely create bold new narratives…

→ Writing Prompt 1: Write a fairy tale and start it with this line: “Once upon a time there were three caterpillars….”

→ Writing Prompt 2: Rewrite the story of Cinderella from one of the wicked step-sister’s point of view.

→ Writing Prompt 3: Your friends have a nickname for you. They call you Blizzard. How did you get that name?

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

→ Writing 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. However, 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.

→ Writing Prompt 6: Explain something that is hard for you to do.

→ Writing Prompt 7: Think of a story using these words: tumble, mirror, crow, toothbrush and helicopter.

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

→ Writing 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?

→ Writing 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, however, you must complete one really difficult task. What is your heart’s desire and what do you have to do to earn it?

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→ Writing 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!

→ Writing 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.

→ Writing Prompt 13: You’ve entered your dog in the “best looking dog” contest at the local fair. He doesn’t win that title, however. Instead, he wins the blue ribbon for being the ……

→ Writing Prompt 14: Start a story with this opening. “It was raining the day I rode my bike to ……”

→ Writing Prompt 15: Imagine you had the power to go back to any time in your life and change one thing. What would you change and why?

→ Writing 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.

→ Writing 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. On the other hand, 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?

→ Writing 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. Finally, you summon up the courage to take a peek and when you do you couldn’t be more surprised. There standing in your bedroom is ……..

→ Writing Prompt 19: If you could become a member of any family on TV, which member would you become and why?

→ Writing 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?

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

→ Writing 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….”

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

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

→ Writing Prompt 25: Every day at exactly at 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

→ Writing 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?

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

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

→ Writing Prompt 35: Write a story with this opening…Once upon a time in a land called Trop, there lived 3 moskolopes. Their names were…____, ____, and ____. What type of creatures are moskolopes and what happens to them in the land of Trop?

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

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

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

Creative Writing Prompts:
Ideas, Lists, and Teaching Resources

On this page, you will find a large list of writing topics that will spark creative ideas in your students during journal and creative writing activities.

I have created these writing lists during my 22 years of teaching experience. I have grouped these creative writing prompts together into categories of similar topics to make it easier for you to find writing ideas in the area that you are interested in.

First, you will find creative writing prompts for each month of the year. On these monthly web pages, you will find topics that pertain to each month’s themes, holidays, and events. You will also find writing ideas for specific dates and events for each month.

Second, you will find general writing prompts that you can use all year long with your students. I have divided these general creative writing prompts into the following categories: school, favorites things, friendship, memories, personal and feelings, famous people, animals, create or invent, what if, and story starters.

I have created this list of writing ideas for elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative writing prompts are also appropriate for other grade levels as well.

As you read through these creative writing prompts, you will find links to related lesson plans found on Unique Teaching Resources. When appropriate, I have also included useful links to other informational websites. that will help save you time in planning your lesson activities.