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127 resources with the keyterm author's purpose

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Understanding Points of View

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Investigate the importance of author's point of view. Young linguists study primary source documents related to the Treaty of Casco Bay. The first source is authored by the Native American Chiefs, the second by an English...
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Alia's Mission

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your class discuss the problems faced by those in war-torn nations using this resource about a librarian in Iraq. After reading Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq, learners answer cause and effect questions, summarize the...
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Protest Letter

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
What a fantastic resource to guide youngsters in persuasive letter writing. They read a brief letter to the editor and answer question about the author's purpose, word choice, and structure. Next, scholars draft their own letter by...
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Determining Author's Point of View: The Sneeches

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Determine the author's point of view in a text. Young readers read Dr. Seuss' The Sneeches and identify the author's purpose in the story. They identify persuasive techniques in writing, asking and answering questions to better...
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Guided Reading with Elizabeti's Doll

For Teachers K - 2nd
Practice reading strategies using Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Readers utilize decoding and comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading the story. A detailed list of text features, high frequency words,...
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Analysis Frame: Informational Nonfiction

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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...
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To Inform

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Unfortunately, not all books are intended as entertainment, many are written to educate and inform readers. In the second lesson of this series, the teacher reads aloud the children's book Apples by Gail Gibbons, pointing out the...
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Distinguishing the Author’s Purpose

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
A big step in the development of children's reading comprehension skills is the ability to differentiate between the topic of a piece of writing and its purpose. The third lesson in this series presents learners with collections of short...
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To Entertain

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
We all love to be entertained by the books we read, but how do we as readers know if that is the author's true intent? The first lesson in this series begins with a class reading of the children's book The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra...
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To Persuade

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Most young readers are aware that authors write to entertain or inform the audience, but it's also important for them to understand the art of persuasive writing. In the third lesson of this series, the teacher reads two letters to the...
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Identifying an Author’s Purpose

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Throughout any piece of writing, words and phrases are used that provide the reader hints about the author's purpose. Teach young readers how to pick up on these clues as they learn to identify writing that entertains, informs, and...
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Identifying Author’s Purpose in a Newspaper

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Between news articles, editorials, and comic strips, many different types of writing are presented to readers in a newspaper. The first lesson in this series helps children make sense of all this information by teaching them the key...
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Identifying an Author’s Purpose - Part 2

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
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 activity in this series allows learners to practice this technique...
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read

For Teachers 6th Standards
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...
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The AuthorÕs Purpose

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
A good reader thinks about the author's purpose while reading a book. Students use the acronym P.I.E. to remind them how to think about author's purpose: persuade, inform, and entertain.
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Text Features and Author's Purpose

For Students 7th - 12th
How do the text features support the purpose of the text? Help your class study different text features by providing them with this resource. Using the graphic organizer, readers will scan a text, searching for text features. 
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Author's Purpose

For Students 7th - 12th
Pair this reading guide with different texts to explore author's purposes for writing certain things. There are five spaces on the sheet: persuade, inform, entertain, explain, and reflect. Also consider pairing this guide with the...
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Reading Comprehension 5: Level 10

For Students 9th - 10th
Whether used as a reading comprehension assessment, as the basis of a mini-lesson on reading strategies, or as extra practice, this exercise will prove to be valuable because of the answers and explanation key that accompanies the...
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Poetic Justice: Understanding the Life of a Tethered Dog

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
The Humane Society provides a lesson in which class members explore the issue of tethering dogs. Through the resources used -- a comic, a poem, and narrative and expository writings -- class members realize that messages can be conveyed...
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Topic Choice Begins

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Give your class some non-fiction, pre-writing strategies to practice. They contribute words and ideas to a class Venn diagram comparing literary elements and non-fiction text structure used in animal picture books. They brainstorm topics...
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Folklore for Primary Students

For Teachers K - 2nd
Study folklore and its various criteria with your class. Young readers write original folktales and create visual displays. Individuals present their works to the rest of the class and compare the features of their stories with the...
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Reading Comprehension 7

For Students 8th - 11th
Use this reading comprehension assessment to prepare for a state test, or to assess your students' reading. After reading a four-paragraph passage, young learners answer seven questions on literary devices, tone, and author's purpose. An...
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Because of Winn-Dixie: Author's Purpose

For Students 5th - 7th
Read the short passage provided, and have your class answer the five questions that follow. Can they identify the author's purpose for writing this passage? 
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Document Analysis Sheet

For Students 6th - 8th
Sometimes all kids need is a little guided practice and then they can be on their way. They can use an analysis worksheet to help them analyze a primary or secondary source document. They answer several questions describing the type of...