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Students identify the key components to determining the author's purpose in literature. They read a short selection and answer four key questions. Student chart the responses. They discuss the responses and identify the author's purpose.
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Perspectives and Point of View: Day 1 Task 1
The class works in collaborative learning teams to understand theme, historical context, author's purpose and portrayal of an event. This lesson includes activities that span four days and require learners to analyze three different...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Analysis Frame: Informational Nonfiction
Picking apart an informational text can be tricky, but having the right questions to ask can certainly help the process. Begin with the basic questions about the topic, main idea, support, and purpose before moving on the the in-depth...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Identify Genre, Subgenre, and Author's Purpose
Explore genre, subgenre, and author's purpose in this helpful learning exercise. Middle schoolers read several summaries of books and short stories, and identify the genre and subgenre. They also determine if the author's purpose is to...
5th - 10th English Language Arts
Author's Purpose: New Danger for Rare Animals
Why do people love rare, exotic pets? Sixth graders find the author's purpose in this reading passage. After going through a passage about stolen animals, young readers circle the correct author's purpose and record evidence from the...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
What's the Author's Purpose?
What is the author's purpose for sharing an autobiography? Start this lesson with the short story provided about getting pulled over by a police officer. Then, discuss the acronym PIES and how it stands for the four main reasons an...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Determining the Author's Purpose: Analyzing a Recruitment Video
An ROTC recruitment video launches a discussion of author’s purpose, image choice, and bias. Class members also explore careers in the armed forces and in the field of video productions. Ask your pupils to consider how to make a video...
8th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed