Lesson Plan

Describing Author's Purpose is as easy as P.I.E.

Determine the author's purposes to persuade, inform or entertain the reader
Hedy M.
Classroom teacher
Colfax Upper Elementary School
Springdale, PA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
  • Apply appropriate strategies to describe author's purpose 
  • Identify the author's purpose and type using grade level text
English Language Arts
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
Grades 6
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1 Hook

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Prior to the start of the lesson distribute laptops to each student to access Padlet or use teacher computer to record student thoughts.  

  • Begin the lesson by asking students what they know about author's purpose
  • Students then access teacher created Padlet wall to record their individual thoughts
  • Give students several minutes to turn and talk about their thoughts on author's purpose

Access brainpop.com to show students a brief video on Author's Purpose

2 Direct Instruction

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Review the components of Author's Purpose using Prezi presentation. The presentation has already been created for you.  If you create a Prezi account you can edit this presentation if you chose to do so.  

  • Prezi Presentation
  • During the presentation students will have the opportunity to watch 3 videos and determine why the author's purpose was to persuade, inform or entertain
  • Ask students to discuss texts they have read and if the author's purpose was to persuade, inform or entertain
  • Throughout the presentation, please ensure students are given time to turn and talk to discuss their thoughts or teacher specific questions  


3 Guided Practice

You will need to create a free account in readworks.org before you can access the text and lesson below. I also created a "ShowMe" presentation prior to this lesson.  To do this you will need to screen shot the piece of text and upload into your ShowMe document.  Next, you can record your voice and make notes using the pen.  You can then project this on your teacher computer screen/projector to show the students.  

  • Model how to use text based evidence to determine author's purpose in a non-fiction aricle found on readworks.org.  

Read works lesson

  • Upload the "Hot Topics" article into show me so students can see the piece of text and record my voice reading aloud the first two paragraphs
  • After I read the text aloud I underline, circle and annotate text based evidence that support the author's purpose  

Distribute a paper copy of the text to each student.  Students then read the next 4 paragraphs to record text based evidence to support the author's purpose. 


4 Independent Practice

Allow students to choose from 3 different Time for Kids articles (either paper copies or online).  Once students chose their article they must answer the following questions using evidence from the text.  

  • How can I determine the author’s purpose for writing this text/passage?
  • How the text features help me identify why the text was written? 

Students can either record their answers on a sheet of paper or use google docs to post their responses.  

5 Closure

At the end of the lesson students will use their laptops to access Kahoot game.  

  • Students use Kahoot to answer a few self-assessment questions about today's lesson
  • Next, I will post one or two paragraphs of text and students will need to determine the author's purpose using text based evidence