Author's Purpose Bundle

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder
  • Activity
  • Assessment
List Price:
You Save:
List Price:
You Save:
Share this resource
Deb Hanson
Includes Google Apps™
This bundle contains one or more resources with Google apps (e.g. docs, slides, etc.).
Easel Activities Included
Some resources in this bundle include ready-to-use interactive activities that students can complete on any device. Easel by TpT is free to use! Learn more.
Easel Assessment Included
Some resources in this bundle include self-grading quizzes that students can complete on any device. Easel by TpT is free to use! Learn more.

Products in this Bundle (10)

    showing 1-5 of 10 products




    This author's purpose bundle is designed to teach upper elementary and middle school students about an author's purpose for writing a literary piece in a way that will keep them engaged. This bundled product takes the PIE approach to teaching author's purpose to the next level. Students are taught to determine whether an author's purpose is to persuade, inform, entertain, describe, or explain using the PIEED acronym.

    This bundle contains a wide variety of activities, including:

    1. 52-slide PowerPoint (You have my permission to convert this PowerPoint to Google Slides, if you wish.)
    2. 5-page matching PowerPoint Companion Handout (The companion handout includes both a printable version and a Google Slides version.)
    3. Craftivity (You choose between the printable version that includes 5 passages, or the Google Slides version that contains 10 passages.)
    4. 24 Task Cards (You choose between the printable version, the Google Forms version, or the Google Slides version.)
    5. Assessment (You choose between the printable version, the Google Slides version, and the Google Forms version.)
    6. Writing Activity (containing paragraph frames)
    7. 5 practice passages featuring sports (You choose between the printable version and Google Slides version.)
    8. Game
    9. Posters
    10. 5 Test Prep Passages (You choose between the printable version and Google Slides version.)

    As an added bonus, I created 6 days of LESSON PLANS that outline how and when I use each of the included resources! You don't have to follow the lesson plan format I provide, of course, but it might be helpful in providing a bit of direction for you.

    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.

    The bonus file also includes Google Forms versions of the task cards, craftivity, and assessment.

    2nd and 3rd grade teachers, you may want to take a peek at my Author's Purpose PIE Bundle! {CLICK HERE to check it out.}

    **Please note: the PowerPoint cannot be edited due to the copyright requirements made by the contributing artists (clip art, font, backgrounds).

    Copyright by Deb Hanson

    This item is a paid digital download from my TpT store

    The resources in this bundle are to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher is prohibited. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting these items (or any part thereof) on an Internet site that is not password protected 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!

    Total Pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 Week
    Report this Resource to TpT
    Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


    Questions & Answers

    Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

    More About Us

    Keep in Touch!

    Sign Up