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Fifth Grade (Grade 5) Writing Fiction Questions

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Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Read the passage from a narrative. Then answer the question.

The boat pitched from side to side. The sky grew darker, and the wind howled eerily through the trees. I looked around the boat, frantically searching for the paddle. Suddenly, I told Aaron to look out on the water where the paddle was floating.

Why does the author describe the sky and the wind?
  1. To tell the reader about the narrator
  2. To show the reader that a storm is coming
  3. To describe how the oar ended up in the water
  4. To explain why the narrator is in a boat with another person
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Which part of a narrative shows the characters’ thoughts and feelings?
  1. Pacing
  2. Conclusion
  3. Sequence of events
  4. Dialogue and description
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Read the paragraph from a narrative. Then answer the question.

The boat pitched from side to side. The sky grew darker, and the wind howled eerily through the trees. I looked around the boat, frantically searching for the paddle. Suddenly, I told Aaron to look out on the water where the paddle was floating.

Which sentence could be improved by adding dialogue?
  1. “The boat pitched from side to side.”
  2. “The sky grew darker, and the wind howled eerily through the trees.”
  3. “I looked around the boat, frantically searching for the paddle.”
  4. “Suddenly, I told Aaron to look out on the water where the paddle was floating.”
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Read the dialogue from a narrative. Then answer the question.

“Alec and Katie,” Mom said, with a twinkle in her eye, “I have some news for you!”

“What is it?” I asked, impatiently.

Mom’s face broke into a giant smile. “Remember that trip to the beach we’ve been planning?”

What does the dialogue tell about the situation?
  1. The narrator is feeling annoyed with the question.
  2. The narrator’s mother doesn’t want to go the beach.
  3. The narrator doesn’t understand what his mother is saying.
  4. The narrator’s mother has planned a surprise vacation for her children.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
How does pacing help improve a narrative?
  1. It helps the reader picture the setting.
  2. It helps establish the speed of the events.
  3. It tells the reader about the main conflict.
  4. It tells the reader what the characters are saying.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction CCSS: CCRA.W.1, W.5.1
Planet Mars - Small

In March 2015, a millionaire chose 100 people to be part of a special trip to Mars. The only catch is they had to agree to never return to Earth. Thankfully, they have some time to prepare. The flights are not scheduled to leave until 2026 or 2027.

If you were one of the 100 people chosen to go to Mars, would you do it? Explain.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction CCSS: CCRA.W.3, W.5.3

Finish the story...

Night had quickly fallen upon the colony. Lieutenant Marcus, who was still learning his way around, had trouble adjusting to the darkness. Dark shadows loomed all around him. He recognized the shadow of the alien shrine and the outline of the building his crew called home, but he also saw a shadow that he didn't recognize. It was tall and long and it appeared to be moving toward him.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction CCSS: CCRA.W.3, W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3
As you get older, your memories come and go. Some memories, however, last forever. What is a memory you will never forget?
Grade 5 Writing Fiction CCSS: CCRA.W.3, W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3
Some people like being the center of attention, others... not so much. Write about a time when you were the center of attention. Did you like it? How did you handle being in the spotlight?
Grade 5 Writing Fiction CCSS: CCRA.W.10, W.5.10



In 2006, Pluto was downgraded from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet.

Pretend you are Pluto and write a poem about how you felt when you heard the news.
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