Author's Purpose Bundle of Resources: This bundled product takes the PIE approach to teaching author's purpose a step further. Students are taught to determine whether an author's purpose is to persuade, inform, entertain, describe, or explain.
A note of explanation: I used to teach the well-known PIE method, but I quickly determined that I wasn't adequately preparing my students for the standardized tests they had to take in the spring. I feel that there are two primary weaknesses with the PIE method of teaching author's purpose. First, most tests do not limit answer choices to persuade, inform, and entertain! Furthermore, the tests often have more than one answer choice with a particular verb as an option. For example, a test question might be written something like this:
What is the author's primary purpose for writing this passage:
A. to inform readers about the history of Earth Day
B. to inform readers which harmful actions are done most often to our Earth.
C. to persuade readers to recycle
D. to persuade readers to ride a bike whenever possible
Therefore, I added explain and describe to the mix, and I started creating my own materials that I felt addressed the two weaknesses of the PIE method.
If you would like to take a closer look at any of the products included in this bundle, just click on the links below. The bundle includes ALL of these items, PLUS 2 PAGES of LESSON PLANS that explain how I use these materials in fourth and fifth grade classrooms over the course of one week.
Author’s Purpose Craftivity
Author’s Purpose Earth Day Craftivity (including five passages!)
Author’s Purpose Posters FREEBIE
Author’s Purpose Powerpoint (with a matching companion handout!)
PIE’ED Concentration Game
Author’s Purpose Practice Paragraphs: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Author’s Purpose Task Cards for PIE’ED (This set includes 24 cards in two formats: traditional paper cards or digital Boom cards.
You choose the option that best fits the needs of your students!)
(This bundle also includes lots of seasonal worksheets!)
A little more information about the Boom Task Cards option that' is included in the task card file:
Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. For TpT customers new to Boom Cards, Boom Learning will give you, for one year, a free account that lets you track student progress for up to 80 students. At the end of that year, you may renew or choose not to renew. If you do not renew, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress.
**Please note: the PowerPoint cannot be edited due to the copyright requirements made by the contributing artists (clip art, font, backgrounds).
By Deb Hanson 2014
This item is a paid digital download from my TpT store
As such, it is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me if you wish to be granted special permissions!