This matching activity focusing on identifying the author's purpose. This lesson should go along with the I Can statement: I can identify the author's purpose. The three author's purpose needed for this lesson are persuade, inform and entertain. There are three mats labeled persuade, inform and entertain. There are 18 example cards that must be matched to one of the three author's purposes. You may print and laminate for a practice activity that will last forever OR print out for a fast assessment and have them glue down their answers. This can also be group, partner or individual work. Extend the activity by asking your students to explain how they know the answer is correct.