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After reading a passage, students will choose the author's primary purpose for writing the passage from a list of four multiple choice options.
This author's purpose resource contains 24 task cards. Each task card contains a short passage, followed by this question: "The author's primary purpose for writing this passage most likely is..."
Four multiple-choice options follow the question stem.
I prefer teaching the five-option author's purpose format to my upper elementary students as I feel it better prepares my students for tests. Many multiple-choice tests add a fourth purpose as a choice, and when I only focused on the basic three, I wasn't adequately preparing my students for the tests.
I also try to take the take it a step further by asking my students WHAT the author is trying to inform, describe, explain, etc. For example, one of the task cards has a paragraph about pollution, and then the answer choices include:
A. to inform readers about pollution.
B. to inform readers about the Earth.
C. to persuade readers to change certain habits that will help the Earth.
D. to persuade readers not to pollute the Earth by reading.
Again, I noticed that many standardized test questions involving author's purpose are worded in this way. I feel like this helps my students more equipped to identify the main idea of a paragraph, too!
In addition to the basic answer sheet format, there is also an optional worksheet/activity to help further engage students as they work through the task cards. Students record their answers on a themed worksheet asking "Which pie is the favorite?" Once they have recorded all their answers, students tally their A, B, C, and D answers to reveal the favorite pie flavor!
********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 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!
Click on the links below to take a peek at some of my other PIE'ED products!
Author's Purpose Interactive Notebook Flaps (where students write their own paragraphs!)
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