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Identify the Author's Purpose
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the author’s purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: The Girl Who Owned a Bear
Reading Comprehension: The Girl Who Owned a Bear
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Reading Comprehension: The Girl Who Owned a Bear
Students read an excerpt adapted from L. Frank Baum’s short story “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” and answer reading comprehension questions about the text.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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What is Onomatopoeia?
What is Onomatopoeia?
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What is Onomatopoeia?
BOOM! This worksheet is full of all kinds of sound-based words, from creaks to squeaks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
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Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Ideal for fourth and fifth graders, this worksheet includes figurative language examples and definitions on the first page, and a second full page of questions and tasks that can be used to check for understanding.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Sustaining the World With Seaweed
Informational Reading Comprehension: Sustaining the World With Seaweed
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Sustaining the World With Seaweed
Students read all about seaweed and answer standards-based comprehension questions in this four-page reading comprehension worksheet.
7th grade
Science
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Scrambled Similes
Scrambled Similes
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Scrambled Similes
This worksheet will help your child understand what similes are, and she'll even get to use her imagination to write some of her own!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
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Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
This four-page worksheet gives students a chance to engage deeply with a rigorous nonfiction text about government funding for space exploration.
7th grade
Reading & Writing
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Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
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Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Learners will practice identifying the author's purpose in eight sample paragraphs, using text evidence to support their choice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Figurative Language
Figurative Language
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Figurative Language
Descriptive language and metaphoric phrases take the spotlight in this workbook. Kids use new vocabulary and common phrases to tackle writing skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose
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Author's Purpose
All authors write for a reason, be it to explain, entertain, or persuade their readers. In this activity, your students will consider the author’s purpose of a book of their choosing, then justify their answer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Imitating Nature
Informational Reading Comprehension: Imitating Nature
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Imitating Nature
How is a train like a bird? Find out in this sixth-grade informational reading comprehension worksheet all about biomimicry!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Taking Notes With Informational Texts: Central Idea and Key Details
Taking Notes With Informational Texts: Central Idea and Key Details
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Taking Notes With Informational Texts: Central Idea and Key Details
Use this graphic organizer to give students an opportunity to practice identifying the central idea of a text using key details.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Detecting the Author's Purpose
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Learners will categorize 12 different types of text according to why the author would write them, using the acronym PIE as a mnemonic device.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Novel Study: The One and Only Ivan: Discussion Guide #1
Novel Study: The One and Only Ivan: Discussion Guide #1
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Novel Study: The One and Only Ivan: Discussion Guide #1
This discussion guide helps readers reflect on chapters 1–38 of The One and Only Ivan.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Extraordinary Elements
Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Extraordinary Elements
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Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Extraordinary Elements
Learn about what makes certain elements cooler than others in this chemistry-based informational reading passage! 
8th grade
Science
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Author’s Purpose: Multiple Choice
Author’s Purpose: Multiple Choice
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Author’s Purpose: Multiple Choice
Identifying the author’s purpose is as easy as P-I-E with the right mnemonic device!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Ocean
The Ocean
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The Ocean
This short nonfiction text will teach students about the ocean, and includes questions to help students identify the author’s point of view and purpose for writing the text by focusing on important vocabulary words that support the main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Book Study: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Discussion Guide #1
Book Study: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Discussion Guide #1
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Book Study: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Discussion Guide #1
Use these questions to encourage critical thinking and support literacy development as students read the first few diary entries of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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Point of View Practice: Titanic
Point of View Practice: Titanic
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Point of View Practice: Titanic
Use this high-interest text with your students to practice recognizing the author’s point of view. Students will determine the author’s viewpoint on the subject of the Titanic as they establish their own points of view.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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First vs. Third Person Narration
First vs. Third Person Narration
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First vs. Third Person Narration
Students are asked to distinguish between first and third person narration as well as fiction or nonfiction writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Novel Discussion Guide for Teachers
Novel Discussion Guide for Teachers
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Novel Discussion Guide for Teachers
Use this worksheet to encourage critical thinking and support students’ literacy development by asking questions before, during, and after reading.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From The Railway Children
Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From The Railway Children
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Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From The Railway Children
Students read and analyze an excerpt from E. Nesbit’s 1906 novel, The Railway Children, in this four-page reading comprehension worksheet.
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
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Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
This graphic organizer helps students work through a nonfiction text to help organize information about the author’s point, and the reasons and evidence used to support it.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fact or Opinion Sentences
Fact or Opinion Sentences
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Fact or Opinion Sentences
Differentiating between facts and opinions is a key fourth grade skill to master and is helpful in identifying the author’s purpose in a text. Use this activity to give your students extra practice differentiating between these two kinds of sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Emily's Turtle
Emily's Turtle
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Emily's Turtle
This short fictional text can be used to help students determine words and phrases the author uses to help the reader figure out the central message of the story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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