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Fifth Grade

Persuasive Writing Sample Prompts

Print out and use these writing prompts to help you get started or give you ideas for writing a persuasive paper.

The Best Season

Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall. Every season has its own special qualities that make it the best. However, what is best for one person is not always best for another. What do you think the best season is? Why is it the best?

Write a persuasive paper telling me what the best season is. Be sure to include:

You have 40 minutes to write a persuasive paper telling me what the best season is. Be sure to do a outline, web, or any other type of prewrite to help you get organized. Be sure to stay focused on the topic: What the best season is, and write only about that.

Vending Machines

Clow has installed snack and soda machines in the lunchroom. The snack machines offer candy, chips, and baked goods. Students may use the machines at lunch time or after school. Several parents have complained that these foods are unhealthy. They want the machines removed from the school.

Write a persuasive paper saying whether you agree or disagree that snack and soda machines should be in your school’s lunchroom. Use the hamburger and what we’ve learned and talked about this year. Be sure to give reasons why you think as you do and elaborate.

We Love School. . . Maybe!

Mary Lou Cowlishaw and others think that the length of the American school year should be extended. Do you agree or disagree with this position?

Write a persuasive paper saying whether you agree or disagree that American school year should be longer.

What your opinion is.

Support for your opinion.

Best Relative of the Year

Your teacher is offering a prize for the Best Relative of the Year. Think about which one of your relatives should win the prize. This relative could be a parent, grandparent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, or anyone in your family. Think about how you will persuade the judges to give your relative the prize.

Write a paper doing the following:
  1. Decide which relative should win the prize.

  2. Use the hamburger organizer to help you prewrite your paper.

  3. In the beginning of your paper, use a lead that will get your teacher’s attention and tell what your position is.

  4. Explain the reasons in order to convince the judges that your relative should win. These reasons may include what the relative is like or things he or she has done that makes him/her the best.

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Decide whether you agree or disagree with the position (only pick one).

Use the hamburger or some type of pre-write activity (outline, web, list, etc.) to organize your information before you start writing.

Be sure to give strong and specific reasons why you think as you do and elaborate on your details.

Be sure to stay focused on the topic and proofread your work.