Lesson 2: Categorizing Texts According to Author’s Purpose
- Learning Goal
- Classify and categorize examples of each of the three purposes: to entertain, to inform, and to persuade.
- Approximately 50 minutes
- Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Semantic Map, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: chart paper, markers, student-chosen books
will explain that good readers always pay attention to the type of text they are reading and consider the author’s purpose for writing the material. I will create a semantic map of sources found under each category of author’s purpose--to entertain, to inform, to persuade. (Example semantic map is provided; see Guided Practice Example Chart below in Teacher and Student Materials.)
Ask: How did I identify the author's purpose of a text? Students should respond that you looked for clues in the text about why the author wrote the text.
will share our text examples brought from home. We will categorize each text example by the author’s purpose and explain our categorization.
will go to our class, school, or community library. You will find at least one example of a text for each author’s purpose—to entertain, to inform, to persuade. You will identify your text and explain your categorization. (Student Independent Practice worksheet is provided below.)
TIP: Make it fun! Turn the Independent Practice into a library scavenger hunt by giving your students clues to the type of texts they should find. Then have students categorize their findings by the author’s purpose.
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