Grade 5 Prompts
WS Old/New Friends (Descriptive)
One of your friends is moving to another city. Write an essay describing this friend to your cousin who lives in that city. Use specific details in your essay.
WS A Place to Visit (Descriptive)
Think of a fun place you have enjoyed visiting. Write an essay describing that place with interesting details and examples that show what makes it fun for you.
WS Going to School (Descriptive)
Everyone has a different way to go to school. Do you walk, take the bus, or get a ride? In your essay, describe how you get to school. Use sensory details to create a strong picture in your reader's mind. For example, what does the bus smell like? How does the sun feel on your face?
WS Classroom Pet (Expository)
Your class has been asked to choose a classroom pet. What pet would you recommend? Explain why your choice would be a good one. Use details and examples to support your choice.
WS Favorite Time (Expository)
What is your favorite time of the year? Why do you like that time so much? Write an essay explaining why it is your favorite time and include details and examples.
WS School Excitement (Narrative)
Write an e-mail message to a friend, telling about the best thing that happened today during school. Be sure to narrate the experience in order with a variety of details so that your friend can “see” what happened.
WS Memorable Experience (Narrative)
Write about the most memorable experience you've had with a friend. Tell what happened at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the event. Make sure your narrative has clear details in the proper order.
WS Helping Someone (Narrative)
Think about a time when you helped someone. Write a narrative about that experience, using specific details to show the scene. Also be sure to explain why you helped the person.
WS At the Pool (Persuasive)
Should children under 12 be allowed to swim at the local pool without an adult? Can you think of good examples and reasons why or why not? Write an essay expressing your opinion.
WS Menu Choice (Persuasive)
Your class gets to suggest food for the lunch menu one day next week. Write an essay to convince the principal to choose your favorite food for the menu. Use reasons and examples to show why your favorite food is the best choice.