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Author's Purpose Anchor Chart

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Grades: 2 - 5

A poster highlighting the three main reasons an author writes a piece of text - to persuade, to inform, to entertain.

Print-and-Go Author’s Purpose Anchor Chart!

This anchor chart is the perfect tool for your students to understand the author’s purpose!

The printable chart presents students with a P.I.E. visual mnemonic device, which stands for Persuade, Inform, and Entertain. This helps them remember the reasons why authors write texts. The chart is available in color and black-and-white formats, so you can choose the one that works best for your classroom.

 Learning to Identify the Author’s Purpose for a Text

Why do we teach the author’s purpose to young readers? Is it developmentally appropriate? The answer is…Absolutely!

Identifying the author’s purpose helps readers recognize the writer’s techniques to achieve that purpose:  word choice, style, tone, and content.  It guides us in considering that the author might have different opinions or experiences than our own and viewing the text through those lenses.

Information included on the Author’s Purpose poster includes:

P = Persuade – To convince the reader to agree with a certain viewpoint on a particular issue or topic.

I = Inform – To teach or provide information to the reader on a particular topic using facts.

E = Entertain – To engage and provide enjoyment for the reader through imaginative writing or storytelling.


Use the drop-down menu to choose between the color and black-and-white PDF files.

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