Author's Purpose Task Cards PIE'ED in Print and Digital

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Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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I purchased this resource to review material for state testing. I love how engaging it is and that my students were able to discuss or work together on the cards. Great resource!
This was used in small groups. It was mainly used as a review for spring testing. The kiddos had fun.
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Learning Objective

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 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 be 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 three formats:

  1. Traditional Printables- Print the PDF and distribute paper task cards and recording sheets.
  2. Easel Activity- With this digital format, there is one task card per slide. Students read each passage and select the best answer that completes the statement. This has a multiple-choice format, and students push the button beside the correct answer. No checking is necessary! When your students turn it in, you will see their score and the number of attempts they made on each card.
  3. Easel Assessment- Students complete this self-grading quiz on a device, as well. After reading each passage, students select the author's purpose from a list of four possible answer choices. With this option, the teacher chooses whether or not his or her students receive immediate feedback.

***If you would like to have a Google Slides and/or Google Forms version of this activity, click on these links to access the digital version or the bundle.

Click on the links below to take a peek at some of my other PIE'ED products!

Author’s Purpose Powerpoint

Author's Purpose: Targeted Tri-folds

Author’s Purpose Craftivity

PIE’ED Concentration Game

Author’s Purpose Earth Day Craftivity (including five passages!)

Copyright by Deb Hanson

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Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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