Lesson: 1: Identifying an Author’s Purpose
Students will be able to identify the author’s purpose as to entertain, to inform, or to persuade; and identify text evidence that supports the author’s purpose.
(I) will explain that authors write for one of three purposes: to entertain, to inform, or to persuade the reader. I will read three Reading Passages – "Smoking Hurts the Lungs and Heart,” “Hispanic Population Soars,” and “Casey Saves the Play.” (Passages are provided) For each passage, I will identify and chart the author’s purpose and the words, phrases, and sentences that give the reader clues about the author’s purpose. (Example Chart is provided.)
(We) will choose books from our class library and categorize them by the author’s purpose—to entertain, to inform, or to persuade. We will place sticky notes in the books to identify text evidence that supports the author’s purpose.
(You) will read a passage, identify the author’s purpose, and explain your choice. You will underline words and/or phrases in the passage that gave you clues about the author’s purpose. (Passage and Independent Practice worksheet is provided.)
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|"Smoking Hurts the Lungs and Heart" Reading Passage Reading Passage||
|"Hispanic Population Soars" Reading Passage||
|"Casey Saves the Play" Reading Passage||
|Direct Teaching Teacher Example Chart Notes||
|Student Independent Practice Worksheet Classwork||