I have always enjoyed teaching author’s purpose to my students. It is so easy to incorporate in any of the lessons I teach across all grade levels. Several years ago I even used it as my professional goal. This is when I developed more in-depth lessons and activities for the subject. And for some reason, I usually teach author’s purpose in November. I”m not sure why maybe just because the PIE acronym that we all use fits so well with Thanksgiving! Read below to see some of the ways I teach my students the different reasons authors write.
My favorite part of this lesson is the 6 different reading passages (2 for each type of purpose). Students will read the passage and highlight the key phrases that tell them the purpose for the writing. They will then type out their thinking.