Identifying author’s purpose and analyzing text types for bias are reinforced throughout Common Core’s Reading Informational Text Standards. Not only can these resources be used to introduce or review these topics, they will reinforce student learning through application. This purchase will provide materials you can use year after year, as well as serve as a review and summation for ELA test prep.
Students will be engaged while you present the included author’s purpose animated powerpoint. (Not Compatible with Mac Computers)
The student handouts include practice questions featured in the powerpoint slides to ensure their understanding of the topic.
Teachers also have an informational essay prompt for students to complete during class or for homework after showing the powerpoint presentation.
Evaluating websites, determining author’s purpose, and checking for bias will be active reading strategies students will practice frequently throughout the year. Three classroom posters or student reference sheets are included in this packet to help solidify these skills.
A final activity is included where students can work in pairs or independently. Students will access two websites on the same topic. Using the Bias Buster handout, students will identify the website that includes the most biased information.
The bias activity includes the following topics and supporting digital resource links: Animal Testing, Vitamin A, Personal Devices in Schools, and Energy Drinks.
Using these resources, your students will apply their learning in identifying both author’s purpose AND evaluating informational text for bias!
This Common Core Aligned teaching bundle includes the following:
24 Engaging, Animated PowerPoint Slides on Author’s Purpose;
Student Powerpoint Handout with Related Activity and Writing Assignment for Extended Learning;
Author’s Bias Digital Resource Activity with Website Links;
Bias Buster Handout and Graphic Organizer;
3 Author’s Purpose and Evaluating Bias Posters;
Teacher Answer Keys
This zipped file has both versions of powerpoint and both Word and Pdf versions of the teaching packet. Editing for your own needs is possible in all enclosed materials. Right click on the downloaded file and select the option to extract files.
*Please note that you will need to have a utility such as Winzip to extract the files. Winzip can be downloaded for free.
If you are looking for additional help in evaluating online resources, you may also want to take a look at
Research 101: Ready, Set, Research Bundle For Any Content Area