Lesson: What's my purpose?

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Lesson Objective

Good readers identify the purpose of an informational text which helps them determine what the topic of the text may be.

Lesson Plan


Do Now:  Students will complete a short answer question:  what do you think your purpose is? 

Opening:  We all have a purpose and just like we all have purposes, authors have purposes too. They have the ability to write based on a purpose, or give is information based on a purpose.  When we have a purpose we have a reasoning for doing something.  Author's purposes are

Directed Instruction:

There are 3 author’s purposes when it comes to reading:  persuading, entertaining, and informing. 
Define each purpose for the students:
informational:  the purpose is to inform the reader about a topic.
persuasive:  the purpose is to persuade the reader about a topic, issue, or area.

entertain:  the purpose is to entertain the reader about a story or fictional piece of writing. 

When we focus on non-fiction text we are usually informing but non-fiction can also be persuasive.

Show students different types of text and have them identify the different purposes for each text.  Can also be related to read alouds that have been read in class.
Show a variety of reading texts that you have exposed the students to:  sort them among the purposes you have defined. 

Guided Practice:  Purpose Sort:  students will work in groups to sort different mini clips of passages that showcase the different purposes.  The passages will be sorted in a baggie and then students will sort each passage into the reading purpose. 

Independent Practice:
Students write a few lines that show each purpose on a notecard.
Students can sort a list of books that have been read in class into the different types of purposes.

What is our purpose today?  What would you say your name's purpose would be.


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