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Fun Creative Writing and Essay Topics for Grade 5

Welcome. Here you’ll find 34 Creative Writing Topics + 28 BONUS Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students— There’s no doubt about it. Great writing ideas are one of the most effective ways to inspire creativity in young students. Plus, fun prompt ideas can also encourage a genuine interest in creative writing. Oh yeah!

Creative Writing and Essay Topics for Grade 5

Now, in this blog post, you’ll discover…

Creative Writing Topics and Essay Topics for Grade 5

Our list of 34 fun creative writing and the bonus list of 28 more essay topics for grade 5 students are designed especially to inspire new thoughts and ideas in your learners. 

You see…

As your 5th-grade writers dream about fun topics such as 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 essay writing or other formats of the written word.

Or, as they get creative and 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!

Now, for those creative writing ideas and essay topics for Grade 5 kids. Enjoy!

34 Exciting Creative Writing Topics for 5th Grade Students

Get to it and use the following exciting creative writing topics and essay topics for 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?
    Creative Writing and Essay Topics for Grade 5
  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?

I hope you enjoyed this list of creative ideas and essay topics for grade 5.

28 Essay Topics for Grade 5 Students

Now, I’d like to share more essay topics for grade 5 with you.

Deep Writing Prompts to Promote Reflection and Exploration

  1. Write about the most important life lesson you’ve learned thus far.
  2. Do you tend to make decisions from your head or your heart? Do you believe one method is better than the other? Why or why not?
  3. Write about something that would make your life easier.
  4. What is the most important quality to have in a friend? Do any of your friends possess this quality?
  5. Write about a time when you told a lie for a poor reason. How did you feel afterward? Did the other person find out you were lying?
  6. Write about something you regret or an experience that you wish you could go back and change. Why is this event so significant to you?

Argumentative Essay Topics

  1. Does pop culture have value?
  2. Should parents monitor their children’s Internet and/or social media usage?
  3. When it comes to government monitoring, which is more important—individual privacy or national security?
  4. How does the location someone grows up in affect who they become?
  5. Should the Pledge of Allegiance be recited (or required) in schools?
  6. Should official forms and documents have more than two options available when asking about gender?
  7. Do participation trophies have value or do they undervalue the achievements of the winners?
  8. Should children have restricted limits on the amount of screen time they can have on their cell phones, computers, and so forth?

Great Narrative Writing Essay Prompts

  1. Write about something funny or scary that happened to you.
  2. Write about someone who has played a major role in your life.  Shape the narrative around a memorable experience you had with him or her.
  3. Write about your experience growing up with the Internet.
  4. Write a narrative essay describing how you got something important to you (such as your name, a nickname, a scar, or a beloved possession).
  5. Write about an important memory you share with your parents.
  6. Write about a time when you felt really confident in yourself.

More Essay Topic Ideas

  1. What is your favorite hobby and why?
  2. Do you believe in superheroes?
  3. If I won the lottery, I would…
  4. School uniform requirements are…
  5. The school year should be longer, short, or adjusted because…
  6. What makes an animal a good pet?
  7. What is your favorite year of your life and why?
  8. Is writing skill development important to you, why or why not? 

I hope this list of essay topics for grade 5 inspires your writers!

It’s all too common for students to struggle with essay writing. But take heart, because help is here!

Check out our collection of essay prompts, topics, and tips here.

Making Writing Fun for 5th Graders


For a student who is full of imagination and eager to express their inner thoughts, creative writing (or journaling) can be an exciting alternative to more traditional school assignments like book reports and essays.

Best of all, because writing 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!

Finally, be sure to take a look at these awesome writing resources.

More Grade 5 Writing Resources

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