Tracy Rains
Elementary Education, Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Upper Primary
4, 5
  • Author's Purpose
  • English Language Arts
  • Reading Comprehension
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML, Video

    Author’s Purpose: Identify and Explain PIE

    Author’s Purpose: Identify and Explain PIE


    In this seminar you will be engaged by video, text, and activities that will help you identify and explain the “Author’s Purpose” of printed material. You will be using habits of mind which focus on clarity in communication, as well as accessing prior knowledge to make new decisions regarding the purpose of text. Realize that authors of any printed material have a reason for writing.  Understanding this purpose will help you develop your own comprehension and writing skills.


    CC.1.2.6.D - Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.



    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Once you are done reading these directions, you will be going to the linked quizlet site found below. First go to the quizlet “Author’s Purpose” link and review the flash cards. If you feel confident, proceed to the test tab on Quizlet and take the test, then show the facilitator your results (face to face or screen shot shared). If you feel you require further practice, go to the learn tab on Quizlet before taking the test. Your sequence to complete this Engage activity should either be: flashcards to test or flashcards to learn to test on Quizlet link.

    Author's Purpose - Quizlet


    Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.




    When reading the Author’s Purpose - Explanation, make sure to focus your attention on how persuading, informing and entertaining are used to explain the Author’s purpose.

    When watching the Author’s Purpose, make sure to focus your attention on how persuading, informing and entertaining are used to explain the Author’s purpose.

    Using technology (Ipad or Chromebook), create a 1 minute video that displays your understanding of Author’s Purpose. Focus particularly on: persuade, inform, and entertain.



    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


    Create a trifold from available paper explaining what you know about the three main techniques of author’s purpose: persuade, inform, and entertain.  Use your trifold to have a collaborative discussion with another available peer.  Use your trifold to help create strong questions for your partner.   


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about the this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

    Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


    Create a 18X24 poster which could be used to teach fellow learners about author’s purpose.  The poster should be something that is clear and accurate.  It should be a poster that both older and younger learners could read and quickly obtain a basic understanding of author’s purpose.  

    Poster Rubric


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    Complete a reflective essay with a focus on how author’s purpose helped you understand why the text was written.

    Reflective Essay Rubric