To understand texts, students need to be able to determine the author’s purpose. The Author's Purpose lesson, for grades 4–8, will help your students identify whether a text is written to entertain, inform, or persuade. This lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions. The Author's Purpose lesson can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced. The lesson also includes a separate Answer Key PDF.