Lessons & Units

Author's Purpose 2nd Grade Unit

Lessons

Lesson 1 To Entertain Identify text evidence that shows the author’s purpose is to entertain.
Lesson 2 To Inform Identify text evidence that shows the author’s purpose is to inform.
Lesson 3 To Persuade Identify text evidence that shows that the author’s purpose is to persuade.Draw a conclusion about what the author is trying to persuade the reader to do or think.

Unit Extension Ideas

 

  • Have students sort books in the classroom library, and classify and categorize them based on the author’s purpose: to entertain, to inform, or to persuade.
  • As students read a book independently or in reading groups, have them identify the author’s purpose and explain how they know what the purpose is. (See Additional Activity Worksheet A below in Teacher and Student Materials.)
  • As students read, have them chart examples of each type of purpose by listing the titles of the books or articles they have read. (See Additional Activity Worksheet B.)
  • Have students write three pieces on one topic of their choice (e.g. frogs). For example:
    • a funny story about a frog who is afraid of flies (to entertain)
    • information about how  to catch a frog (to inform)
    • a letter to a friend convincing him to give his pet frog to you (to persuade)
  • Have students look through magazines and newspapers and identify sections that are meant to persuade the reader.
  • As a class, brainstorm persuasive words that authors use. Have students identify persuasive words in the reading passages on the website by underlining or circling the clue words.
  • Have students keep a reader’s response journal. After they finish reading a book independently or in their reading groups, have them identify the author’s purpose. The students can respond in the following ways:
    • If the author’s purpose was to inform the reader, have them write about what they learned. What did the author do to inform you?
    • If the author’s purpose was to entertain, have them write about how they were entertained. What did the author do to entertain you?
    • If the author’s purpose was to persuade the reader, have them write about whether or not they were persuaded. What did the author do to persuade you?
  • Have students write to inform, entertain, or persuade readers. See sample topics below.

Suggested Writing Topics: To Inform

  • Create rules for a game, class rules, safety rules, health rules, homework rules, or swimming rules
  • Write a list of instructions describing how to make something
  • Explain how to solve a math problem
  • Write about something you learned
  • Explain how to be a good friend

Suggested Writing Topics: To Persuade

  • Offer advice to a classmate or a family member
  • Write a review of a book, movie, theatre performance, sporting event, or TV show
  • Create an ad for a book, convincing readers to read it
  • As a class, write a newspaper. Each student can write an article for a different section of the newspaper.

Suggested Writing Topics: To Entertain

  • Write a scary or funny story; write a poem.

More Books for Teaching Author's Purpose

What Do Authors Do?
26 Fairmount Avenue
The Teacher From the Black Lagoon
The Secret Shortcut
If You Lived in Colonial Times
Zoo
Diary of a Spider

User Comments

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