Author's Purpose Bundle of Lessons and Activities

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Deb Hanson
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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    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 bundle has everything you need to teach your students about the FIVE categories of author's purpose. 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.

    The activities in this bundle make learning about author's purpose fun and easy! Students love the activities while teachers love the convenience of these no-prep resources that can be used year after year! These activities can be used for test prep, review, or introduction of the skill. It includes a PowerPoint, worksheets, task cards, posters, a craftivity, two games, an assessment, and more!

    What's included... To gain a better idea of everything included, please check out the individual previews for each resource:

    52-slide PowerPoint

    • Ideal for introducing this topic to students!
    • You have my permission to convert this to Google Slides, if you wish.
    • It comes with a matching 5-page companion handout (The companion handout includes both a printable version and a Google Slides version.)


    • Students "bake" an author's purpose pie!
    • You choose between the printable version that includes 5 passages, or the Google Slides version that contains 10 passages.

    24 Task Cards

    • Multiple-Choice Format
    • Ideal for test prep!
    • You get to choose whether to use the printable version, the Google Slides version, the Google Forms version, or the Easel version.


    • 12 items
    • Question types include matching, multiple-choice, and short-answer
    • You get to choose between the printable version, the Easel version, and the Google Slides version.

    Writing Activity

    • contains paragraph frames
    • Glue into interactive notebooks!

    4 Worksheets

    • 10 passages that feature various sports
    • Short-answer format (1-word answers are not allowed.)
    • You choose between the printable version, the Easel version, and the Google Slides version.

    Memory Game

    • 28 game pieces (14 matches)
    • Simply print and cut the game pieces. Students turn all of the game pieces over, and then follow the directions to play Memory!
    • Students match book descriptions to the appropriate author's purpose.

    5 Posters

    Test Prep Passages

    • 5 passages related to penguins
    • Can be used as a whole group lesson or for independent practice
    • Multiple-Choice

    6 days of LESSON PLANS

    • These plans 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 BIT MORE 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.

    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!

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    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.


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