Lesson Plan

Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts

Introduce the concept of author’s purpose in fiction texts with this fun reading lesson! Students will discuss three examples of fictional texts to determine the purpose of each.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the The Purpose of Fiction Texts pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to determine author’s meaning in fiction texts.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
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  • Ask students, “Why would an author write a fiction text?" Ask students to turn and give a reason to their partner.
  • Ask students to share out their reasons. Then, explain that authors generally have purposes for writing that fit into three main categories: to inform, to persuade, and to entertain.
  • Define the terms on the chart paper for future reference.
  • Explain that sometimes an author may have more than one purpose in mind, such as in a historical fiction book (e.g. an American Girl book), that seeks to entertain while informing kids about a real time in history. Likewise, a fiction text that teaches a lesson may tell an entertaining story while trying to persuade the reader to do something or act a certain way.


  • Front-load the definition of fiction and provide an example of a fiction text students are familiar with from your class.
  • Have students turn to a partner and explain what you will be discussing, either in English or their home language (L1).


  • Have student volunteers turn to a partner and give an example of a fiction text from a story familiar to the class.
  • Have students rephrase what you will be studying today. Explain that rephrasing means to use your own words.