Some good writing prompts for fifth graders include asking students to write a story about what kind of super hero they'd be, describing what similarities and differences exist between best friends and writing a process paper about how to earn money for something students want, suggests Educational Testing Services. Fifth graders' writing activities can be compare and contrast, descriptive, process-oriented, expository, narrative or persuasive.
Some other good writing prompts for fifth graders include asking them to write a descriptive essay about a place they want to visit, an expository essay about a favorite time of the year or a narrative about a memorable experience in their lives, suggests The Write Source. Some persuasive writing prompts could be about what should go on a school lunch menu or what subject students should have to study in school.
The Educational Testing Services and The Write Source websites have scoring guides teachers can use for these writing prompts.