Author's Purpose for 3rd grade is a 66 page packet filled with task cards, graphic organizers, worksheets, posters, doubled sided practice passages, writing activities, a foldable, a concentration game and more! This Common Core unit was created to teach this concept in a variety of engaging ways.
Specifically it contains:
32 Task Cards (a student record sheet and a key)
3 Double Sided Passages and Comprehension Questions (with keys):
Persuade: Too Much TV
Inform: Desert Habitat
Entertain: Aesop's Fables - The Mice and the Weasels
3 Graphic Organizers
5 Worksheets for Author's Purpose
Outlining Pages for Persuade, Inform and Entertain Paragraphs
Writing Pages for Persuade, Inform and Entertain Paragraphs
A PIE Foldable
A Concentration Game
One of my favorite things to do in my classroom is to teach a concept with lots and lots of variety. It makes it much more fun for everybody and keeps the kids far more engaged. That's one of the reasons I think you'll really like this unit.
The passages are interesting ones and are great to use for author's purpose and for comprehension questions. They could even be used for Close Reading if you like.
The graphic organizers are great because you can use them with whatever material you happen to be working on, whether it is a class read aloud, a story from the basal or each child can even use the graphic organizer for his/her own book. I think you'll find the worksheets helpful too. One of my favorite type that's included asks the kids to take a topic (like apples for example) and to write a sentence or two as an author trying to persuade someone (fugi apples are the best…) trying to inform someone (apples grow from apple blossoms…) or trying to entertain someone (Once there was an apple…). Fun and really makes a great point!
The posters are bright and colorful and are great lesson reminders. They would look great in any classroom.
The 32 task cards will help your students practice identifying the three main types of author purposes. Kids will read the engaging scenarios on each card and determine whether the author's purpose was to persuade, to inform, or to entertain. I love using task cards in my classroom and feel that they provide so much variety in how you can use them. You can have them on hand during a transition time where you have a few extra minutes and you can do a few of these together as a whole class. You can use them for small group instruction, for homework (copy 2 sheets back to back) or my favorite way, to play "Scoot". Simply place them on desks or tables around the room and kids do a card for a couple of minutes until you say "Scoot" and then they move to another card and continue. Or without a time limit, simply put the kids in pairs and allow them to rotate cards as they finish. Kids do need movement and to have things "changed up" in the day and they do love it when we do these types of activities. Plus they're learning so much…which is awesome!
I am really excited about this unit and hope you'll love it too!
Need more other 3rd grade resources?
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Cause and Effect from Informational Text
Characters, Settings, and Events
Inferences Using Informational Text
Inferences Using Literature: 3rd - 5th Grade
Compare and Contrast and More: Stories, Myths and Traditional Literature
Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose
Complete Paragraph Bundle
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