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Here are 24 cards to help your students practice determining the author's purpose. Each card features a short reading passage and the three multiple-choice PIE options. Students are also asked to justify their answers. This activity is meant to be supplemental and should be used after your students have been introduced to author's purpose and are familiar with the PIE acronym. A PIE poster is included for students to use as a reference as well as three challenge cards to extend the activity. In addition, blackline versions of the cards are included, which look great when printed on colored paper.
***********There is also a digital version using TpT's new digital tool (added August 2020). After purchase, click the white "Open as Digital Activity" button. This will give you access to a version where students can color in their answer choice on the PIE graphic and explain their answers in text boxes. You can edit the digital overlay or use it as is.***********
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There are several ways to use these cards. You could use them orally with small groups and have students discuss the answers. They could also be used individually with students answering on notebook paper. Another option for individual use is to have students use the included multiple choice answer sheet. This could work well for younger students or if you do not need students to justify their answers. An answer key is included.
Contents of this set include:
- Directions and Suggestions
- PIE Poster
- 24 Task Cards Color
- 24 Task Cards Black Line
- Cover Card and 3 Challenge Cards
- Student Answer Sheets
- Answer Key
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About the Author
These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.
This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom