Lesson Plan

Author's Purpose

Understanding the author's purpose and point of view in both fiction and nonfiction texts
Amy B.
Classroom teacher
South Park Elementary Center
South Park, PA
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Students will be able to...

Label  the correct author's purpose of various texts.

Explain why the author is writing the piece.

Show evidence that this piece is intended for that purpose.

English Language Arts
Grades 3 - 5
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1 Hook

Reading Rainbow
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Share a story from the reading rainbow app on the SMART board if you have access to an Apple TV.  If not students can listen to the story invidually or in small groups using the iPad app.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting — Power Point

Use this Power Point: njcore.org/sites/default/files/Authors_Purpose_0.ppt
to present the Author's Purpose and Point of View.

The Power Point will explain to the students how to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction, how to understand and identify different purposes of texts, and understand how the author's point of view affects the text.

Guide students through the Power Point and allow them to ask questions as you go through the new information. 

3 Guided Practice

Reading Rainbow
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Guide students in a discussion of what they believe the author's purose and point of view was for the original story they listened to on Reading Rainbow. 

Read a nonfiction piece from Newsela together on the SMART board and have the same discussion as the class had for the fiction piece.  What is the author's purpose?  What is their point of view? How do we know?

4 Independent Practice/Assessment

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Use the assessments on Mastery Connect created by other teachers that evaluate student's understanding of Author's Purpose.  If these assessments do not evaluate the information you would like to assess, you can create your own on Mastery Connect.  You can share your assessment with others and track the students scores on the same site. 

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Conversing

Ask students to write down on a sticky note the title of a book or story that they have read this year and to write the Author's Purpose.  They will post their sticky note on the "What did I learn today?" board on their way out the door.