Author's Purpose PIE'ED Test Prep Passages | PDF and Digital | Distance Learning

Deb Hanson

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  1. 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 t
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Learning Objective

Students will read five passages about penguins and then select the author's primary purpose for writing each passage from a list of multiple choice options.


I created this FREE set of Author's Purpose test prep passages for teachers who want to teach their students the more advanced version of Author's Purpose: PIE'ED! It includes five passages about penguins. After reading the passages, students choose the author's purpose for writing each passage from a multiple-choice list of options. Teachers print these pages to complete with their entire class, or they can assign them to students to complete independently.






********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.

2. TPT DIGITAL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review. Click on the Getting Started Guide to learn more about this version of the activity!

In the past, I taught the PIE method. One year, however, I was providing testing accommodations to my ELLs by reading the test questions aloud. My heart sank when I read aloud the questions related to author's purpose. I found that the multiple choice answer options included much more than just persuade, inform, and entertain. Needless to say, I decided to make my own author’s purpose materials to use the next school year- worksheets, games, activities, and task cards – that I felt better prepared my students for the types of questions they would find on standardized tests, and that matched the lesser known “PIE’ED method.” I hope that you find this set of five passages useful, too, and your students find themselves better prepared for standardized tests.

Check out my blog post at Upper Elementary Snapshots for the complete story! CLICK HERE!

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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