Lessons & Units

Author's Purpose 3rd Grade Unit


Lesson 1 Identifying an Author’s Purpose Identify the author’s purpose as: to entertain, to inform, or to persuade.Identify text evidence that supports the author’s purpose.
Lesson 2 Identifying an Author’s Purpose - Part 2 Use a graphic organizer to identify the author’s purpose.Identify text evidence that supports the author’s purpose.
Lesson 3 Distinguishing the Author’s Purpose Distinguish between different author’s purposes in texts with the same topic.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • As students read books independently or in literature groups, have them identify the author’s purpose and clues that give evidence about the author’s purpose. (See Additional Activity A in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • Have students read short passages and identify the author’s purpose. (See Additional Activity B.)
  • Display a chart of clues that help to identify an author’s purpose. (See Additional Activity C.)
  • Have students classify and categorize books in the classroom library based on the author’s purpose: to entertain, to inform, or to persuade.
  • Have students sort Concepts of Comprehension Reading Passages (provided on the website) according to the author’s purpose.
  • Have students write three paragraphs—one for each purpose (to inform, to persuade, and to entertain). Then have them exchange their paragraphs with a partner. Have the partner identify the purpose of each paragraph. Possible topics include: Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Art and Artists, China Today, Musical Instruments, Pilgrims, Mountains, Famous Americans
  • Have students look through magazines and newspapers and identify sections that are meant to persuade the reader.

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