Reading: Author's Purpose
In this reading skills learning exercise, students look for clues about the author's purpose in a 3 paragraph selection. Students decide whether the author's main purpose is to inform, entertain, or persuade.
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read
The second lesson of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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
Identify Genre, Subgenre, and Author's Purpose
Explore genre, subgenre, and author's purpose in this helpful worksheet. 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
Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed