Author's Purpose Small Group Instruction: Four Trifolds

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Deb Hanson
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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This was a great resource to use when my 4th graders needed some extra practice with author's purpose! Even my students with some learning disabilities were able to follow along with it.
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These four print-and-go trifolds target the skill of determining the author's purpose. Use these author's purpose trifolds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction on this topic.

As I was creating these trifolds, I pictured myself using them with small groups of students. Specifically, I envisioned sitting around a table with a group of students who could benefit from targeted author's purpose instruction and who needed additional opportunities to practice identifying the author's purpose after reading. That being said, however, you can also successfully use these trifolds in a large group setting or assign them as independent work.

These author's purpose trifolds progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included, along with additional teacher notes for EACH trifold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.

Trifold #1: In the first two panels, students are introduced to the terms PERSUADE and INFORM. On Panel C, students identify whether each statement is persuasive or informative. The remaining two panels include 4 short reading passages. After reading each passage, students must determine whether the author's purpose was to persuade or inform. In this foldable, I stress that persuasive pieces of writing often contain both informative statements and persuasive statements. However, when an author’s main purpose is to inform, they usually only use informative statements.

Trifold #2: In the first two panels, students are introduced to the terms ENTERTAIN and EXPLAIN. On Panel C, students identify whether each statement is entertaining or explanatory. The remaining two panels include 5 short reading passages. After reading each passage, students must determine whether the author's purpose was to persuade, inform, entertain, or explain.

Trifold #3: The main objective of Book #3 is to have students identify the author’s SPECIFIC purpose. In this foldable, students are no longer allowed to answer with a simple word, like persuade. Instead, they must expand their answer into a complete sentence, and state what the author is trying to persuade them to do. Students may refer to the sentences starters on Panel B as they write the author’s specific purpose throughout the rest of the foldable. In all, students read 8 passages and write complete sentences that identify the author's specific purpose.

Trifold #4: The main objective for this trifold is expose students to multiple-choice questions related to identifying the author's purpose. Students will likely encounter questions like these on standardized tests. This trifold includes 5 different passages followed by 5 multiple-choice questions.

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

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

2. TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes and drawing tools 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!

**Please note!** I created an enhanced version of this resource that is compatible with Google Slides. It includes instructional slides not included in this particular resource. I invite you to click on this link to review that version and then determine which format is most appropriate for your classroom and intended use.

Feel free to take a peek at my other trifolds! Just click on the links below!

Main Idea: Targeted Trifolds

Making Inferences: Targeted Trifolds

Plot: Targeted Trifolds

Theme: Targeted Trifolds

Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Trifolds

Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Targeted Trifolds

Context Clues: Targeted Trifolds

Cause and Effect: Targeted Trifolds


This resource is also included in my TRIFOLDS BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


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23 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).


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