Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade

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Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade
Students should think about what topics they feel passionate about. (girl image by Stanisa Martinovic from

In fifth grade, students begin to explore their feelings and opinions on various topics, including social issues and news events. A persuasive essay helps students practice their written expression and critical-thinking, organizational and research skills. A persuasive essay should sway the reader to one side of an issue. Before students begin writing a persuasive essay, parents and teachers should help them choose a topic that can easily be researched and argued.

Favourites and Hobbies

All children have favourite items or hobbies, whether it is an animal, relative, childhood toy, drawing, singing or dancing. Writing about favourite things and hobbies is a good start to persuasive essays because it is something students are familiar with. Arguments can include why their topic is a favourite or compare why it is better than someone else's favourite.

Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade
A persuasive essay about a favourite animal provides research opportunity. (Monkey image by Kieran from


Persuasive essays about books open up students' creativity. Students can compare books that were read during the school year, write about their favourite or worst reading assignment or persuade the teacher why a specific book should be added to the classroom reading list. Persuasive topics can also be related to an issue presented in a specific book, such as whether Peak Marcello's punishment in the book "Peak" by Roland Smith is fair.

Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade
Students can choose books from the classroom reading list or their own collection. (books image by michele goglio from


Whether or not students are athletic, sports is a popular topic to write about. Students can choose their favourite/worst sport, compare sports and argue for or against specific sports activities in the physical education curriculum.

Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade
Students can argue sports activities in physical education. (soccer ball image by John Steel from

Change the Rules

Entertaining topics that also engage fifth graders' critical thinking include classroom and house rules. Parents and teachers should ask students, "What would you change if you were in charge?" Topics can vary from changing the type of food served in the school cafeteria and shortening the school day to adding or removing educational subjects, eliminating homework and pushing back bedtimes. Writing a persuasive essay to "change the rules" works best as a group writing activity so the children can vote on the most popular rule change. Teachers can divide the classroom in half for students to argue both sides of the topic.

Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade
Students enjoy persuading adults to change school and house rules. (rules image by jimcox40 from

Global/Local News

What's going on in the neighbourhood? The world? Current events are good topics for persuasive arguments because they bring awareness of social issues and often offer follow-up articles. Fifth graders should research global and local news issues such as the lack of clean water in South Africa and implementing new bullying policies in their school district. There are a number of websites that offer kid-friendly current event formats, including Time For Kids and Scholastic. Parents. You can find age-appropriate news sites by performing an Internet search for "current events for kids."

Persuasive writing topics for 5th grade
Topics on current events bring awareness about social and cultural issues. (globe image by danimages from

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