Lessons & Units :: Author's Purpose 4th Grade Unit

Lesson 2: Categorizing Texts According to Author’s Purpose

Lesson Plan

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
  • Teacher Modeling

    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.)

  • Think Check

    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.

  • Guided Practice

    will share our text examples brought from home. We will categorize each text example by the author’s purpose and explain our categorization.

  • Independent Practice

    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.

Texts & Materials

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