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Identifying the Author's Purpose
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The Ocean
The Ocean
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
What is Onomatopoeia?
What is Onomatopoeia?
Worksheet
What is Onomatopoeia?
BOOM! This worksheet is full of all kinds of sound-based words, from creaks to squeaks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Scrambled Similes
Scrambled Similes
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Identify the Author's Purpose
Identify the Author's Purpose
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
Worksheet
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
This informational text about a topic relevant to students can be used to help explain author’s claims and the reasons used to support them.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Children read about Ada Lovelace, whose ideas are still used in computing today, in this biography worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Worksheet
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and help them determine the author's purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
A Nation’s Strength
A Nation’s Strength
Worksheet
A Nation’s Strength
In this reading and writing worksheet about the poem “A Nation’s Strength” by William Ralph Emerson, students will use their understanding of figurative language to identify and define metaphors and difficult vocabulary.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Author’s Purpose: The Ant and the Grasshopper
Author’s Purpose: The Ant and the Grasshopper
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Point of View Practice: Titanic
Point of View Practice: Titanic
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Comprehension Cards
Comprehension Cards
Worksheet
Comprehension Cards
These printable cards give students the chance to practice using supporting evidence to identify an author’s claims.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Basketball: Nonfiction Text
Basketball: Nonfiction Text
Worksheet
Basketball: Nonfiction Text
This sample nonfiction text about basketball helps students to explore author's point of view.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Finding the Purpose
Finding the Purpose
Worksheet
Finding the Purpose
Help your second grade students identify the author’s purpose as they answer questions about a nonfiction text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Point of View Practice: Life Cycle of a Frog
Point of View Practice: Life Cycle of a Frog
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Point of View Practice: Life Cycle of a Frog
Use this science-themed resource with your students to practice recognizing the author’s point of view in a text about life cycles. Students will determine the author’s viewpoint on the subject as they establish their own points of view.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
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The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
Use this resource to give your students practice reading a short nonfiction passage and recognizing the author’s viewpoint about the topic. Then, they will pick out the text evidence that supports the author’s viewpoint.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fact or Opinion Sentences
Fact or Opinion Sentences
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Detecting the Author's Purpose
Detecting the Author's Purpose
Worksheet
Detecting the Author's Purpose
Students will set out to categorize different types of text using the author's purpose as a guide.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
The Day I Saved the World!
The Day I Saved the World!
Worksheet
The Day I Saved the World!
When your students read this exaggerated tale, they will find a ton of hyperboles!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Twisted Ankle
The Twisted Ankle
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
Author’s Purpose Multiple Choice
Author’s Purpose Multiple Choice
Worksheet
Author’s Purpose Multiple Choice
Use this resource to practice identifying the author’s purpose of short texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet