Show students a way to remember why authors write: PIE (Persuade, Inform, Entertain). They will read a passage about a tornado and analyze facts, details, descriptions, and wording to determine the author's purpose. They will write the author's purpose and the clues they used to determine those purposes. They will read short passages and decide if the purposes are to persuade, inform, or entertain.
Next, students will read a passage about Denver, Colorado and discuss the author's purpose. They will also read a passage about seeds and jot down the details, analysis, and the author's purpose. They will then analyze articles about smartphones in the classroom and noise pollution.