I use this lesson after I have taught author's purpose as a reinforcement project. The lesson contains rubrics and directions for three types of posters which include informative, persuasive, and entertaining. As a teacher, you can choose one common topic for all of the posters to follow. For example, my posters are always all focused around the Iditarod race. Therefore my students make informative, persuasive, and entertaining posters all about the Iditarod. I assign these posters to my students according to their ability levels. The poster requirements are created with a leveled approach. The entertaining poster contains higher order thinking skills and works best with your higher level learners. The persuasive poster requirements will work best for your middle level learners, and the informative poster will work best for your basic learners. It is important you assign some students to each type of poster so you have all three purposes presented in the end. After the students have created their posters, I have my students present their posters to the class. Individually at their seats my students then have to record down what the purpose for each poster was as their classmates present their own individual posters. Students are also required to write down at least 2 reasons/supporting pieces of evidence from the poster that show why their classmates poster is informative, persuasive, or entertaining. Your students will first be required to create their own poster focused on a specific purpose, they will be required to present their poster to the class using speaking skills, they will use listening skills to listen to their classmates posters, they will evaluate and determine the purpose for their classmates posters, and they will provide reasons/evidence on the technique used to show that the poster was informative, persuasive, or entertaining. This project does not take much class time, requires students to identify a key standard (author’s purpose) with hands on approach, and allows you as a teacher to differentiate your classroom without your students even noticing.
This lesson includes everything you need to implement this in your classroom.
-A teacher direction/outline page
-student recording pages to identify the purpose of their classmates posters
-authors purpose tags to place on posters after presentations for a hallway display
-I can reflection page
I hope you and your students enjoy,