Essay topics for 5th / 6th grade elementary school

Descriptions - Experience report

  1. A celebration
    Festivals are celebrated on different occasions, there are birthday parties, Christmas parties, village festivals, etc. Describe how a party you attended went: What was there to eat, what was on the program? Did you hold the feast or were you there as a guest?
  2. Clean up
    Tidying up is a tedious job that has to be done again and again. But sometimes it can be liberating to clean out and get everything back in good order. What do you do when you need to tidy up?
  3. Visit
    Describe a situation in which you visited someone or received a visit yourself. How did the visit go? Was it a pleasant or unpleasant experience? 
  4. That was really difficult
    Tell about a situation where you had to solve a really difficult task. How did you face the problem? 
  5. My best/worst vacations
    Describe your best or worst experiences from the vacations. What was especially nice/worst about this particular vacation? 
  6. A normal school day
    Describe a normal day for you. How do you get to school? How does the day go in your class? What do you do during the breaks? Make sure that you do not describe an unusual day at school, but an ordinary one.
  7. My birthday
    How do you celebrate your birthday? Tell about one of your past birthdays. What did you do? Did you have a party?
  8. My hobby 
    Hobbies should sweeten our free time and ensure that we have a balance to our school day. Do you have a hobby that you practice regularly? What kind of hobby is it? Describe what you like to do outside of school. Do you practice your hobby alone or in a group?
  9. One is never bored with good friends.
    What would we do without our friends? We would probably be terribly bored a lot of the time. Describe what you like to do with your friends. What are your common interests? Did you do different things in the past than you do now? Do you have your friends maybe even met during a common hobby? 
  10. The unexpected guest
    I was all alone at home when suddenly the doorbell rang. I opened the door and saw ... ." 
    Continue writing the story. Who came to visit? What did the unexpected guest and you do? 
  11. The adventure
    Tell about an adventure you have had. It can be true or fictional. 

Feelings and thoughts

  1. Losing is not easy
    You can't always win. But losing is not easy. I'm sure you've experienced this at some point. Describe what happened to you when you lost once. How did it make you feel?
  2. Guilt
    When you do something forbidden, sometimes it feels good at first, but afterwards, guilt plagues you. Has this happened to you? What did you do to feel better?
  3. Furious with rage
    There are things that make you so angry that you can't think straight. What makes you really angry? What do you do when you're angry? What goes through your mind when you're angry? And what about when you calm down? Do you regret your reaction while you were angry?                                            
  4. I have never had such fear before
    Tell about a situation in which you were more afraid than ever before. What scared you? What did you do to get rid of the fear? Some people are very afraid of spiders or dogs. Is there perhaps something you have always been very afraid of? What is it? How do you feel in a situation where you have to face your fear?
  5. Sparks fly
    We all have arguments. There are fights between siblings, friends, children and parents. With whom did you have your biggest quarrel? What was the argument about? What was going on inside you during the argument? And afterwards? Was there a reconciliation?
  6. Pity
    Compassion makes us human. When and for whom do you feel compassion? Why do you feel pity for certain people (or even animals)? What is pity actually good for?
  7. I had to show courage
    Tell about a situation in which you had to be brave. What did you do that required great courage? Were you proud of yourself afterwards? How did your environment react?
  8. Give comfort
    Sometimes we feel so sad that we need the help of our friends or family to overcome the sadness. Have you ever experienced a situation like this? What made you sad, and how were you comforted? Or maybe you have had to comfort someone before?


Fantasy essays

 The Fantasy essays has much in common with the experiential narrative, but differs from it in one essential respect: in the fantasy narrative, the student is allowed to transcend the boundaries of reality. It is intended to represent a fantastic experience in such a way that it is although contains unrealistic elementsbut does not drift completely into the irrational and contradicts the laws of logic in every sentence. Exactly here lies for many students also died particular difficulty of this type of essay: Quite a few overshoot the mark and get bogged down in stories that list a smorgasbord of fantastic elements in just a few lines (dwarves, magic powers, time travel, etc.) without building up a coherent plot. In this respect, it is important to incorporate the fantasy aspect into an otherwise realistic setting. Since this is often a great challenge for primary school students, one should only dare to tackle such a type of text at the entrance exam if one is a "professional essayist" and has received mostly good grades so far.

  1. If animals could talk
    What would happen if animals could talk? What do you think they would say? Would your pets perhaps tell you something very special?
  2. The wish lamp
    On a hike you find a wish lamp. The spirit from the lamp grants you three wishes. What do you wish for?
  3. The life of a backpack
    You are a backpack. What do you experience? What do your days look like? Who is your owner? 
  4. The monster under the bed
    One night you find a monster under the bed. How do you react? Do you try to deal with the monster on your own or do you get help?
  5. My dream trip
    Imagine you could take your absolute dream trip. Where would you travel? Who would accompany you?
  6. ... 
    "I sat there motionless and tried not to make a sound. But then it happened: I had to sneeze." 
    Tell a story in which these sentences appear. They can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the story! Also put an appropriate title. 



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