Lesson: Supporting Author's Purpose with Evidence from the Text

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Lesson Objective

Nonfiction readers think about the author’s purpose before and after reading (inform, persuade, entertain), and give evidence from the text to support their view SWBAT support their view on the author’s purpose of their ‘just-right’ text by stating (or writing on a post-it) I know this because…

Lesson Plan

 

TP:

Nonfiction readers think about the author's purpose before and after reading (inform, persuade, entertain), and give evidence from the text to support their view

SWBAT support their view on the author's purpose of their 'just-right' text by stating (or writing on a post-it) I know this because...

 

Connect:

Yesterday, we learned how to identify the author's purpose of our text. We learned there are three main reasons why an author writes a text: to inform us (tell us information), to persuade us (get us to think a certain way) or to entertain us (make us laugh).

 

Teach:

Today I want to teach you that nonfiction readers support their view with evidence from the text.

 

This is important because as readers we need to provide evidence for our view. Without evidence from the text, we can't prove that what we say is true.

 

We can use evidence from the text to support our view. When we find this evidence, we can add on to our thought or statement by saying "I know this because..."

 

Watch me as I find the author's purpose of our read-aloud book from yesterday, 'Which is Which?'

 

I remember we read and learned how to tell apart animals which appear to look very similar. Hmm...so if I'm learning information, the author's purpose must be to inform me. Let's use our prompt to help us prove our view.

I know this because...the book tells me facts about each animal in order to teach me how to tell them apart.

 

Active Engagement:

Now you try! We just read the book 'Bridges.' What do we think the author's purpose of the text was? (To give us information) How do we know this? What information in the text tells us we are getting information?

 

Link:

Today and everyday when you are reading and stating your view, remember you can support your idea by saying "I know this because..." and then giving evidence from your text.

 

Today you will begin reading in your 'just-right' text from yesterday, finding evidence to support your view on the author's purpose for writing.

 

Independent Work:

Leveled Texts from Reading A-Z

Level D: Does it Sink or Float

Level G: Healthy Mo

Level M: Endangered Birds

 

SWBAT support their view by stating (or writing on a post-it) I know this because...

 

Share:

The author's wrote this text to inform/persuade/entertain me. I know this because...

 

 

What went well? The lesson from the previous day was quite successful, so the kids didn't need  a lot of re-teaching on the basics of author's purpose.

 

What would you change? Many of my children could articulate a specific reason to support their view, but it was difficult to produce it in writing. Next time, I might create a scaffolded paper for them to write on for their independent work.

 

What needs explaining? The read-aloud books are typically read just before the mini-lesson. If possible, I try to connect the read-aloud book into the min-lesson directly as the 'Teach' or 'Active Engagement.'

 

Lesson Resources

Evidence from Text Chart   Other
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Reading A-Z
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Bridges (Amazon Link)
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Author s Purpose Lesson Day 2   Lesson Plan
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