Author's purpose

Author's purpose

I can state the author’s purpose and give a reason for my answer.

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In this lesson, students will learn three reasons that an author may write something: persuade, inform, or entertain. Students will read several texts and determine the authors' purpose of each text.



Learning objective

Students will be able to state the author’s purpose and give a reason for my answer.


Students will discuss the reasons, or purposes, they write. Explain that authors have three main purposes: persuade, inform, and entertain.


Students will look at an example, a cereal ad, where authors want to persuade the reader. Students will discuss how certain words can help persuade a reader. Next, students will see that authors include facts when they want to inform their readers. Authors also entertain readers when they write stories just for fun. Students will read an excerpt from On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder as an example of writing that contains adventure or suspense. They will also read an excerpt from Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner as an example of writing that could appeal to readers' emotions. Students will then read an excerpt from Who Was Harry Houdini by Tui T. Sutherland.

Students will read a passage about snakes and highlight 3 facts. They will also read an excerpt from Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park and determine the author's main purpose (persuade, inform, or entertain).


Students will answer ten questions which ask them to review their knowledge of author's purpose and are asked to read a text and identify the author's purpose.


Students will recall what they learned in this lesson by answering the following questions:
- What is author's purpose?
- How can you identify the author's purpose?

The lesson closes with an activity determining the author's purpose of books by reading their titles.

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