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Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
This lesson will help students identify the author's point of view and purpose for writing an informational text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
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Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
In this lesson, your class will identify an author’s claim in nonfiction text by identifying evidence and reasons.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
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Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Give your class the "write" tools they need to become excellent authors. In this literary lesson, students use their knowledge of author's purpose to successfully write pieces that persuade, inform, and entertain.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry: Figurative Language
Poetry: Figurative Language
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Poetry: Figurative Language
This literary lesson has students delving into Emily Dickinson's "The Moon was but a Chin of Gold" to find different types of figurative language. Writers will love sharpening reading comprehension skills with this poetry analysis activity.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Purpose of Fiction Texts
The Purpose of Fiction Texts
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The Purpose of Fiction Texts
Why does someone write a story? Give your students the tools to find out the author's purpose! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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What Does the Author Think?
What Does the Author Think?
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What Does the Author Think?
Can you tell what the author thinks about this subject? What do *you* think about it? Use this resource to help your students recognize the author's point of view and establish their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Whose Side of the Story?
Whose Side of the Story?
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Whose Side of the Story?
Allow your students to explore how stories may change depending on the perspectives from which they're told. Interesting texts and a creative writing assignment make this quite the engaging lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Onomatopoeia Practice
Onomatopoeia Practice
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Onomatopoeia Practice
Does onomatopoeia BANG your students up or cause them to want to BARF? Help them out with this comical lesson on the well-known figurative device. Students will have a fun time completing worksheets and using onomatopoeias themselves.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
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Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
We aren’t mind readers, but we can still figure out why the author wrote a text and what an author thinks about the topic! This lesson will teach your students the main purposes for writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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State Your Claim
State Your Claim
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State Your Claim
Help your students explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text by giving them high-interest nonfiction texts to read.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Shifting Points of View
Shifting Points of View
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Shifting Points of View
This lesson gives students practice identifying first person and third person narration in fiction and nonfiction texts. It could be taught as a stand-alone lesson or as a precursor to the lesson Fiction vs. Nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Point of View Frenzy
Point of View Frenzy
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Point of View Frenzy
Explore a day in the life of a pencil! Your students will practice different points of view by thinking outside the box and writing as though they are something else.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Describe Sensory Details
Describe Sensory Details
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Describe Sensory Details
In this lesson, students will use their five senses to tell about a picture. They will gain experience articulating and recognizing sensory details while building language skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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That Old Cliché
That Old Cliché
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That Old Cliché
Once in a blue moon, you will have students who completely understand clichés but they can be few and far between. In this lesson, your students will explore how clichés are popular, but overused.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Why I Write
Why I Write
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Why I Write
Second grade students will step into the author’s shoes as they hunt for evidence to determine what a nonfiction author’s purpose might be.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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First Day of School with Marley!
First Day of School with Marley!
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First Day of School with Marley!
Help ease your students into the school year with this lesson that helps them share their feelings about the first day of school.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Who Is Telling the Story?
Who Is Telling the Story?
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Who Is Telling the Story?
Help your ELs see the connection between nouns and pronouns and the author's point of view, or perspective, in fiction and nonfiction texts. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Two Points of View.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Match Author's Point with Evidence
Match Author's Point with Evidence
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Match Author's Point with Evidence
Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and discuss the author's point and the information that supports it. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the What’s the Point? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Students will read a short fictional story and discuss why the author included certain details and words. Use this lesson to help your students navigate parts of fictional text to determine the author's purpose!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Dashing Descriptions
Dashing Descriptions
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Dashing Descriptions
Captivating writing features sensory and descriptive details. In this lesson, students learn to include details when writing personal narrative and come up with the descriptions that best exemplify their story.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Oxymoron
Oxymoron
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Oxymoron
Is it fairly accurate there is a 100% chance that trying to teach your students about oxymora is controlled chaos? Your students will find their lack of knowledge growing smaller after this teacher-approved figurative language lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
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Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Teach your students about picture walks as a strategy to understand the author's purpose in a fictional text. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support for the Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetic Personification
Poetic Personification
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Poetic Personification
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand personification in poetry. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support to the Poetry Themes lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Alliteration Accessible
Making Alliteration Accessible
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Making Alliteration Accessible
Help your ELs learn about alliteration and practice identifying the descriptive adjectives and nouns that make up alliterative sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Analyzing Alliteration.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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