My Bookmarked Threads My ScrapBook


Author's Purpose

Compiled By: Mrs. G Bookmark and Share
A collection of ideas to help teach and reinforce the concept of author's purpose.
Author's Purpose
Posted by:Mariely #2182

Here's a handout that I have used with my students. It explains how you first have to understand the Author's Intent, then add the Main Idea, and that's how you get the Author's Purpose. The Author's Intent depends on whether the text is a Story/Poem or an Article. I hope it helps!

Mariely :)
www.sanchezclass.com

Download: authorsintent-purpose.pdf (33.023 KB)



View Post |




WRITER'S PURPOSE
Posted by:VAL #31466

WE JUST FINISHED A GREAT LESSON ON WRITER'S PURPOSE. IN ORDER TO ILLUSTRATE TO INFORM, PERUADE, OR ENTERTAIN, I GAVE EACH STUDENT A PACKAGE OF CANDY CLOSE TO VALENTINE'S DAY. USING A TREE MAP, LABELED "TO INFORM", "PERSUADE, OR "ENTERTAIN", WE BRAINSTORMED USING THE CANDY. I GAVE EACH STUDENT A TREE MAP. WE WROTE DOWN ALL THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATIONAL REGARDING THE CANDY AND ITS DESCRIPTION UNDER INFORM. WE THEN WROTE AN ADVERTISEMENT TO PERSUADE THE PUBLIC TO BUY THE CANDY USING DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE. NEXT, THE KIDS WROTE A SHORT, ENTERTAINING STORY ABOUT THE CANDY TO ENTERTAIN. THEN EACH STUDENT PICKED ONE OF THE THREE TO REPRESENT ON A PIECE OF CONSTRUCTION PAPER. I MADE A LARGE TREE MAP OUTSIDE OF MY CLASS, AND DISPLAYED THEIR WORK, WITH THEIR CANDY WRAPPER ATTACHED. MY STUDENTS NOW HAVE THIS CONCEPT DOWN PAT AND IT WORKS FOR VARIED ABILITY LEVELS!

View Item |

No title
Posted by:Volleyann #142016

I teach 6th grade and tried something new this year. I had my students use a newspaper to find all the different types of author's purpose (inform, persuade, entertain). They had to cut out the aritfact, identify what type it was, and explain what makes it that way. I then made a bulletin board with their examples. The students had a lot of fun.

View Item | View Post | View Thread

For Author's Purpose
Posted by:kristen_teach #142017

Brainstorm a list of reasons an author may write a book.

Explain that there are three main reasons: PIE can help us remember them (persuade, inform, entertain). Describe what each of these terms mean and share an example of a book/ part of a book that would fall under each.

Look back at the brainstorm list and see if you can fit their ideas under the PIE ideas.

Have students look in the classroom library/ school library for an example of each type.

Have students share examples.

I'm surprised this is your minilesson for the 4th day of school.

View Item | View Post | View Thread

Piece of the PIE
Posted by:lindylou #133552

In my building we all (elementary and intermediate) teach the author's purpose as "Everybody wants a piece of the PIE." The PIE meaning P=persuade, I=inform and E=entertain. We have a picture of a pie to go along with the saying as well. This helps give them a visual while thinking of the author's purpose.

View Item | View Post | View Thread




author's purpose
Posted by:BetsyC #142018

Hi! Once students have had adequate practice identifying the three main purposes (PIE), I bring donuts and pair students up for a writing assignment. Each pair must write a paragraph about their donuts using one of the purposes mentioned above. I let them choose their purpose but have to be careful that they aren't all doing the same purpose. Once they complete their paragraph and I have checked it they may choose another purpose and write another paragraph. At the end of the lesson they get to eat their donuts. I usually display their work in the hall and then bind them into a class book. Here's one of the responses I received for persuading:

Buy King Donuts today! They're the best doughnuts I've ever had. They're soft and chewy. If you call now you will get another donut free! If you don't like it you can get your money back...

View Item (323 words) | View Post | View Thread

Game
Posted by:Mrs. G #142019

Kids love games! They can practice identifying author's purpose using this simple game.

Make a set of cards with a short paragraph on each to play this game. Make sure your paragraphs are varied. Some should be to persuade, entertain, and inform.

Shuffle the cards and place them on a stack. Have students take turn drawing a card from the top of the deck. He/she reads the Paragraph aloud and then says what the author's purpose is. If he gets the it right he keeps the card. If he gets it wrong it gets returned to the bottom of the pile. And it is the next players turn. The person with the most cards at the end of the game win.

I would have the students play this with a partner so they get more individual practice.


View Item |

Author's Purpose SWAT
Posted by:Mrs. G #142020

Play a game of Author's Purpose SWAT. You will need two fly swatters to play.

On the board or overhead projector make three boxes. One with the word Persuade and another with the word Entertain and the last one with Inform.

Divide your class into two teams and have two players go up to the board with the fly swatters.

Read aloud a paragraph that is either written to persuade, entertain, or inform. The students then have to swat the correct answer. The first team to do so gets a point. Continue until everyone has had at least one turn.


View Item |

Using food to teach Author's Purpose
Posted by:Mrs. G #142022

Do you want to get your students' attention when teaching author's purpose? Try this activity.

First have a mini lesson about author's purpose. Show different examples of writing meant to persuade, inform, and entertain. Once you feel they have a fairly good understanding of the different purposes it is time for them to apply the concept.

In a hat (or whatever you want to use for this) have strips cut up that say either persuade, inform, or entertain. Make sure you have one strip for each child. Then go around an have each student pull one of the strips.

Here is where the food comes in. Pull out a box of Goldfish Crackers (or what ever snack you want to use). Tell the students that they are going to have to put on their creative writing thinking caps for this activity. They will...

View Item (209 words) |

Ongoing Author's Purpose
Posted by:Mrs. G #142024

Set up a bulletin board that you can use all year.

Label the bulletin board with three sections: Persuade, Inform, and Entertain.

As you read stories in class have the students decide what the author's purpose is of the story or book read. On a sentence strip, write the title of the story and post it on the bulletin board. Please remember that some stories or books may fall into more than one category.

You will have an ongoing interactive bulletin board for the year. You may want to title it "What's The Purpose?"

View Item |

Author's Purpose Scavenger Hunt
Posted by:Mrs. G #2189

There are two ways you can do this. You can have students use the computer with a pre made set of links that they click on and read articles. Then they have to decide The Purpose of the articles.

Or

You could have them use resources in your classroom or school. They will have to search and find a predetermined number of each purpose.

Have them record the purpose and evidence on the attached sheet.

Download: Author purose.doc (28.672 KB)





another activity
Posted by:sportwinds #142030

1st - Choose a topic - for example: Snow - and have students write a paragraph about snow for each of the 3 main author's purposes.
-inform about snow: fact based paragraph (I allow made up facts)
-persuade readers that snow is the best precipitation
-entertain - a fictionalized account of something that involves snow

2nd- Have kids share their writing, and rest of class decides at the end which purpose was used. **The best discussions come up here - when students don't stick to one purpose, or get the purposes confused.

Finally, we come up with similiarities and differences between the different writing styles.

View Item | View Post | View Thread


proteacher.org
The ProTeacher Collection - All rights reserved
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
Copyright © 1998-2014 ProTeacher®

Brought to you by the ProTeacher Community
Please share! Links to this page welcome!

Collection Tools