Lesson Plan

Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View

We aren’t mind readers, but we can still figure out why the author wrote a text and what an author thinks about the topic! This lesson will teach your students the main purposes for writing.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the author’s purpose and point of view of a short text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(3 minutes)
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
  • Draw a concept web on the board and write "Purpose for Writing" in the center.
  • Prompt students to think about why people write. Accept student answers and record them in the outer circles of the concept web.
  • Read the learning objective and have students repeat it by choral reading. Share that today’s lesson will give students the chance to learn about the main reasons why authors write.

Beginning:

  • Ask students to talk to a partner with the same home language (L1), if possible.

Intermediate:

  • Provide the written definition of the word "purpose."