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Author's Purpose in Nonfiction
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The Ocean
The Ocean
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The Ocean
This short nonfiction text will teach students about the ocean, and includes questions to help students identify the author’s point of view and purpose for writing the text by focusing on important vocabulary words that support the main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Identify the Author's Purpose
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the author’s purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Who is Greta Thunberg?
Who is Greta Thunberg?
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Who is Greta Thunberg?
Boost vocabulary skills while introducing children to an inspiring climate change activist with the help of this Who is Greta Thunberg? booklet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Point of View Practice: Titanic
Point of View Practice: Titanic
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Point of View Practice: Titanic
Use this high-interest text with your students to practice recognizing the author’s point of view. Students will determine the author’s viewpoint on the subject of the Titanic as they establish their own points of view.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Who is Greta Thunberg? Reader
Who is Greta Thunberg? Reader
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Who is Greta Thunberg? Reader
This coloring booklet follows the young activist's journey to become the face of a worldwide movement to protect the Earth from harmful carbon emissions.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose
Worksheet
Author's Purpose
All authors write for a reason, be it to explain, entertain, or persuade their readers. In this activity, your students will consider the author’s purpose of a book of their choosing, then justify their answer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identifying the Author's Purpose
Identifying the Author's Purpose
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
This lesson gives students foundational skills needed to identify the author's purpose in a variety of texts. Use the lesson as a stand alone or as a pre-lesson to What Were They Thinking?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Point of View Practice: Life Cycle of a Frog
Point of View Practice: Life Cycle of a Frog
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Point of View Practice: Life Cycle of a Frog
Use this science-themed resource with your students to practice recognizing the author’s point of view in a text about life cycles. Students will determine the author’s viewpoint on the subject as they establish their own points of view.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
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Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
This informational text about a topic relevant to students can be used to help explain author’s claims and the reasons used to support them.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Lesson Plan
The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
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The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
Use this resource to give your students practice reading a short nonfiction passage and recognizing the author’s viewpoint about the topic. Then, they will pick out the text evidence that supports the author’s viewpoint.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Detecting the Author's Purpose
Detecting the Author's Purpose
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Students will set out to categorize different types of text using the author's purpose as a guide.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Facts vs. Opinions
Facts vs. Opinions
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Facts vs. Opinions
Learn about facts vs. opinions in this reading comprehension worksheet. Kids will read two sets of text and decide which is fact and which is opinion.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
First vs. Third Person Narration
First vs. Third Person Narration
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First vs. Third Person Narration
Students are asked to distinguish between first and third person narration as well as fiction or nonfiction writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Finding the Purpose
Finding the Purpose
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Finding the Purpose
Help your second grade students identify the author’s purpose as they answer questions about a nonfiction text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Does the Author Think?
What Does the Author Think?
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Basketball: Nonfiction Text
Basketball: Nonfiction Text
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Basketball: Nonfiction Text
This sample nonfiction text about basketball helps students to explore author's point of view.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Soccer: Nonfiction Text
Soccer: Nonfiction Text
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Soccer: Nonfiction Text
This nonfiction text about soccer will help students to practice finding evidence to support the author's point.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Lesson Plan
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
What's the Point?
What's the Point?
Lesson Plan
What's the Point?
Give your students practice explaining how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text. With these sports-themed texts, students will make inferences about the author and use text evidence to prove it.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Fact or Opinion Sentences
Fact or Opinion Sentences
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Fact or Opinion Sentences
Differentiating between facts and opinions is a key fourth grade skill to master and is helpful in identifying the author’s purpose in a text. Use this activity to give your students extra practice differentiating between these two kinds of sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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