Author's Purpose: 1st - 3rd Grade

The author's purpose is basically the reason he or she chose to act in a particular way, whether that's writing the passage, selecting a phrase, using a word, etc. It differs from the main idea in that author's purpose not the point you're supposed to get; it's the why behind the author picked up a pen or selected those words in the first place. Teaching about author's purpose at its simplest form...

Older students can begin to look at author's purpose in a more complex way:

  • Compare: Author wanted to show similarities between ideas
  • Contrast: Author wanted to show differences between ideas
  • Criticize: Author wanted to give a negative opinion of an idea
  • Describe/Illustrate: Author wanted to paint a picture of an idea
  • Explain: Author wanted to break down an idea into simpler terms
  • Identify/List: Author wanted to tell the reader about an idea or series of ideas
  • Intensify: Author wanted to make an idea greater
  • Suggest: Author wanted to propose an idea
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Author's Purpose Poster Writing with a Purpose Assignment
Author's Purpose Worksheet Author's Purpose Multiple Choice
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Level: 3rd Grade
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Author:LyndaAckert
Published:Nov 4th 2015
Modified:Nov 4th 2015
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