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Author’s Purpose Lessons

Students are often asked to identify the author’s purpose or mode of writing on standardized reading assessments.  Three choices are to entertain (narrative, poetry, drama), to persuade (advertisement, speech, or essay), and to inform (instructions, nonfiction).  I teach students to recognize the author’s purpose with these PowerPoint lessons.


Author's Purpose PowerPoint Lesson 2
Here is another PowerPoint slideshow on Author's Purpose. This one is a revised and improved version of my first Author's Purpose lesson.
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Author's Purpose PowerPoint Lesson 3
Here is yet another PowerPoint presentation teaching author's purpose. This one is concise and well-designed. I recommend using this author's purpose lesson for teaching your students. It also includes ten new practice problems after the lesson not found in the other lessons.
This is a preview image of Author's Purpose PowerPoint Lesson 3. Click on it to enlarge it or view the source file.

After reviewing one of the above lessons with your students, give them some of these worksheets to help them practice:

Common Core State Standards Related to Author’s Purpose

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 – Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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Reading: Informational Text Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 – Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.

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     /  March 9, 2016

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     /  October 9, 2013

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  5. Carmen Reyes

     /  February 22, 2011

    These worksheets are very helpful.

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