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Comprehension Task Cards - Identifying Author's Purpose

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 4 - 5

A set of comprehension task cards to help students identify the author's purpose when reading.

Teaching Author’s Purpose – Persuade, Inform, & Entertain

From novels to plays, advertisements to op-eds, owners’ manuals to help desk articles, there is no shortage of things to read every day. But when you boil it down, there are just three reasons for an author to create a piece of text. In a nutshell, writers write to…

  • Inform,
  • Persuade, and
  • Entertain

We can determine the author’s purpose by considering the message and the intended audience it was created for.

Being able to identify the author’s purpose is an important reading comprehension strategy for students to understand.

Extend Your Author’s Purpose Instruction

This teaching resource includes:

  • five comprehension task cards; including a text to read and accompanying questions
  • an enrichment task; where students use their creativity to make a product related to each text
  • question worksheets for each text
  • a printable author’s purpose anchor chart or student reference guide
  • answers for teachers.

Use the drop-down menu to choose the best version for you and your students.

This resource works well as a reading center activity or when used with your guided reading groups.


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