Identifying an Author’s Purpose - Part 2

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The ability of young readers to cite textual evidence when discussing a piece of writing is essential to the development of their reading comprehension skills. The second lesson in this series allows learners to practice this technique by looking at a collection of reading passages, identifying details in each piece of writing that indicate its purpose. During the guided practice segment of the lesson, consider allowing students to analyze the text in pairs or small groups before discussing their ideas as a whole class, encouraging the meaningful participation of all learners.  Teach this lesson at the beginning of the school year and lay a solid foundation for building the class' reading comprehension skills.

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Pros

  • All supporting materials are included with the lesson
  • Includes graphic organizers that help identify details that indicate the author's purpose
  • Reading passages provide learners with clear examples of informative, entertaining, and persuasive writing
  • Definitions of key vocabulary are included with each reading passage
Cons

  • Lesson assumes children have already been introduced to informative, entertaining, and persuasive genres of writing
Common Core