Reflection: Complex Tasks What's Your Purpose? - Section 3: Guided Practice/Independent


I originally thought this handout would be an easy exercise for the students to complete.  However, it proved to be quite challenging.  The students were struggling with identifying the purpose because of how the questions forced them to think about the true purpose of the writing.  For example, the example given was "A story written about a family who survived the Great Depression." Because the story was centered around the Great Depression, which the students know as a real event in history, they immediately wanted to list the author's purpose as to inform.  I had to stop many students and discuss with them the true purpose of the story.  I pointed out the examples we wrote down for each purpose. 

Once the students started asking themselves questions about the purpose of each example, more students were finding success.  This again helped me to re emphasis to the students the importance of reading closely and suspiciously. 

Overall, it was a great assessment tool and allowed me to understand where I needed to go next with my lessons. 

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What's Your Purpose?

Unit 2: Unit 1: Part II- Analyzing Text
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze complex text to determine author's purpose.

Big Idea: Students indulge in PIES to help assist them in determining author's purpose.

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