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Identify the Author's Purpose
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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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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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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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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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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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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Author’s Purpose: The Ant and the Grasshopper
Author’s Purpose: The Ant and the Grasshopper
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Author’s Purpose: The Ant and the Grasshopper
Your students will love reading this classic fable as they seek to determine the author’s purpose and differentiate fiction from nonfiction.
2nd 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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Author’s Purpose Sort: It’s as Easy as Pie!
Author’s Purpose Sort: It’s as Easy as Pie!
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Author’s Purpose Sort: It’s as Easy as Pie!
Learners will review a definition for each type of author's purpose, then sort nine sentences according to these criteria.
3rd 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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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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Author’s Purpose: The Princess and the Pea
Author’s Purpose: The Princess and the Pea
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Author’s Purpose: The Princess and the Pea
Students will read an adaptation of the classic story "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Andersen. Then they'll seek to determine the author’s purpose and explain their reasoning.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Twisted Ankle
The Twisted Ankle
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The Twisted Ankle
Similes are all around us—sometimes you just need a little context to know how to decipher them! This lighthearted story about a twisted ankle contains two hidden similes. Can your students find them?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
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Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
Get your students moving with this interactive sorting game!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Make it Descriptive
Make it Descriptive
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Make it Descriptive
When writing a story, adjectives make the story more colorful. This worksheet trains students to enhance sentences by adding descriptive adjectives to their writing.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Interpreting a Great Poem
Interpreting a Great Poem
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Interpreting a Great Poem
Challenge your students to consider the author's intention of a piece of writing. Ask your students to read Rudyard Kipling's poem, "If-" and answer the questions about the author's intent.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Personification
Understanding Personification
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Understanding Personification
Use this worksheet to help students identify personified nouns and their respective verbs.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Moody Words
Moody Words
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Moody Words
Authors use sensory language to make their writing more descriptive. Have your students consider the words authors use to create specific moods in this fun pumpkin-themed worksheet!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Flipchart: I SHAMPOO C
Flipchart: I SHAMPOO C
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Flipchart: I SHAMPOO C
Students complete a figurative language flip chart from the mnemonic device I SHAMPOO C.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Story of the Amulet
The Story of the Amulet
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The Story of the Amulet
Students will identify the author’s purpose and strengthen their reading comprehension with the questions that follow the text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Emotional Vocab! Learning Mood Words
Emotional Vocab! Learning Mood Words
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Emotional Vocab! Learning Mood Words
Get your child reading ready with this worksheet, which will support your child's reading skills by helping him to identify emotions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Day I Saved the World!
The Day I Saved the World!
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The Day I Saved the World!
When your students read this exaggerated tale, they will find a ton of hyperboles!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Glossary: The Purpose of Fiction Texts
Glossary: The Purpose of Fiction Texts
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Glossary: The Purpose of Fiction Texts
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: The Purpose of Fiction Texts.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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T-Chart: Descriptive Adjectives and Nouns
T-Chart: Descriptive Adjectives and Nouns
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T-Chart: Descriptive Adjectives and Nouns
This graphic organizer helps your students examine descriptive adjectives and nouns.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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