Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option

Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
Author's Purpose Task Cards with Digital Option
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  1. This author's purpose bundle is designed to teach upper elementary and middle school students about an author's purpose for writing a literary piece in a way that will keep them engaged. This bundled product takes the PIE approach to teaching author's purpose to the next level. Students are taught t
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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!

This resource includes two formats! With your purchase, you gain access to TWO resources with the same content. You get to choose the option that best fits the needs of your students!

Printable Format

Students read the task card and record their answer on the recording sheet.

BONUS - 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!

Interactive Format

This version is paperless! They are part of the new Boom Learning platform. Students just need an iPad or a computer, and they can complete these task cards online. They are even self-checking!

Check out the PREVIEW to access a playable link which will allow you to experience four of these self-checking task cards firsthand! If you haven't experienced task cards in this format, I highly recommend that you check it out! It's super engaging and very unique!

Check out my other BOOM Task Cards!

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A little more information about Boom Cards:

Boom Cards live in the cloud. They can't be printed. They play on most modern browsers, Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. You open a Boom Learning account to play them (to protect the children). Create Fast Play pins to assign your Boom Cards to students.

Boom Learning also has premium accounts. Premium accounts offer advanced assignment tools, individual and whole class performance tracking, and more. If you are a new Boom Learning customer, when you redeem your Boom Cards purchase you get 90-day free trial of a premium account. When your trial ends, you can renew or move to a free account. You may upgrade, downgrade or cancel at any time. Free accounts use purchased Boom Cards with Fast Play pins.


This resource is also included in my Author's Purpose- PIE'ED MEGA-BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


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 Posters FREEBIE

Author's Purpose Interactive Notebook Flaps (where students write their own paragraphs!)

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

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The printable version of this resource is also included in my TASK CARD BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}

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Total Pages
24 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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