When I first started teaching “Author’s Purpose” to my elementary students, I taught the PIE method - “persuade”, “entertain”, and “inform”. We read books and passages, and then determined which of those three categories best matched what we had just read. We read books and passages, and then determined which of those three categories best matched what we had just read. However, I soon became frustrated when I didn’t see improvement in this area in my students’ performance on standardized tests. I dug into it to try to figure out why this was the case, and ultimately realized that standardized test answer choices are usually not limited to “persuade”, “entertain”, and “inform”. Instead, they include words like “describe”, “explain”, and “narrate”. Furthermore, the answer choices might have, for example, “inform” in two of the options, so students need to take it a step further to determine exactly what the author is attempting to inform the reader.
As a result of my findings, I decided to make my own author’s purpose materials - 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 now feel that my students are better prepared for those questions regarding author’s purpose on standardized tests. That said, I encourage you to try the PIE'ED method for teaching Author's Purpose as well!
With this resource, students read five passages related in some way to the days of the week. They must determine whether the author's purpose is to persuade, entertain, inform, explain, or describe.
ALL of my Author's Purpose Resources are available in a single BUNDLED product! A purchase of the bundle would save you a significant amount of money compared to if you were to buy the items separately.
Author’s Purpose PIE’ED Bundle: Includes lesson plans, games, task cards, ppt, worksheets and more
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Author’s Purpose Craftivity ** MY BEST SELLER!
Author’s Purpose Powerpoint
PIE’ED Concentration GameAuthor’s Purpose Earth Day Craftivity (including five passages!)
By Deb Hanson 2016
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