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Author's Purpose Puzzles | with Digital Author's Purpose - Distance Learning

Jennifer Findley
Grade Levels
4th - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
18+ Digital Version
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Puzzles are not just for primary grades or math. These author's purpose puzzles will not only allow your students to practice 4th/5th grade level skills, but they will also be engaged with the format.

Note: This author's purpose activity now includes DIGITAL reading puzzles as well as printable ones. See pages 3-4 of the PDF for the details and links.

About the Author's Purpose Puzzle Activity

This reading center resource includes 18 author’s purpose puzzles to practice identifying an author’s purpose(to inform, to entertain, and to persuade only).

Three different versions of the puzzles are included to help you best use this resource for your students.

Version 1: The students will read each text, determine the author’s purpose, and find the puzzle piece that best matches. This version will require the students to find the puzzle piece that tells the purpose that is written out with specifics from the text (i.e. to inform the reader of the benefits of trees vs. to inform).

Version 2: This version is identical to version 1, except that distractor puzzle pieces are included.

Version 3: The students will read each text, determine the author’s purpose, and then find the puzzle piece that matches. This version will require the students to find the puzzle piece that tells the purpose only (i.e. to inform vs. to inform the reader of the benefits of trees).

Answer keys and recording sheets are included.

About the Digital Author's Purpose Puzzles

For the digital version, the students will read two texts per slide. They will determine the author’s purpose for writing the text. They will then drag and drop the card that best matches the author’s purpose for each text.

There are 5 choices per slide.

To make this author’s purpose activity work in a digital format, the template has been modified and reimaged for optimal digital use.

The digital version has been created for use with Google Slides. Please see the preview to see the digital author’s purpose puzzles.

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Total Pages
18+ Digital Version
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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