Grade: Pre-School

#3360. Author's Purpose

Reading/Writing, level: Pre-School
Posted Mon Feb 7 11:22:10 PST 2005 by April Ellenburg (
Forest Acres Elementary, Easley,USA
Materials Required: see plan
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: Author's purpose, recognizing why an author writes a piece of text

Author's Purpose
Why did the author write this text?
April Ellenburg

Objective: The student will be able to identify a certain type of text with the author's purpose of writing the text

Background: When authors write they do so for a variety of purposes, but mainly 3 overall reasons: to INFORM (facts, give information), to PERSUADE (convince, "talk you into"), or to ENTERTAIN (give you something enjoyable and fun to read).

Standard: 1R2, 1R2.6, 1RS3.1

1 set of 3 index cards- Inform, Persuade, Entertain- per group (3 or 4 students)
1 set of a variety of texts per group
(examples: newspapers, story books, Science book, sales ads, recipes, magazines, phone book, SS books, Scholastic News,Dictionary, atlast, etc)
Procedure: TTW review over what the students have already learned about each of the different author's purposes and what types of texts they may apply to.

TSW look at each type of text given to his group and categorize the text as INFORM,PERSUADE.ENTERTAIN
TSW put each text with the author's purpose index card

Assessment: teacher observation, (does the students texts match up with the author's purpose for writing the text?)
Can the students tell WHY they put the text with the correct author's purpose (orally go over each text and purpose)