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Lesson Plan

Author's Purpose by ECSDM


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade


This lesson introduces the three main types of author's purpose by providing a definition and example for each. Activities allow students to practice identifying the author’s purpose in a text. A culminating game is provided for reinforcement and assessment. This lesson is recommended as an introduction in grades 2 and 3, or as a review in grade 4.

Duration of Lesson

This lesson will take one 45-minute period.
(The game will take an additional 30-45-minutes.)

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:

  • name and describe the three main types of author's purpose
  • accurately identify author's purpose within various media


  • SMART Board set-up and computer with Internet access
  • SMART Board lesson (attached)
  • Jeopardy PowerPoint (attached)
  • Videos: Earth: A First Look, Here Comes Cat, and All About Anger (included in SMART Board lesson)
    Videos also available at: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com (password required)
  • Author's_Purpose2.notebook
  • Author's_Purpose.pdf
  • Jeopardy.ppt
  • Step-by-Step Procedure

    SMART Board Page 1:
    The students will be asked to create a definition for "author’s purpose" by discussing each word separately and combining the two meanings.
    The students will be lead to the website to read and discuss the three main types of author’s purpose.

    Guided Practice:
    The students will identify the author’s purpose in a given text and discuss the clues that led them to their decision.
    SMART Board Page 2: (as needed)
    The students will identify and discuss further examples of author’s purpose in text.

    Independent Practice:
    SMART Board Page 3:
    The students will watch three videos and assess their purpose.
    SMART Board Page 4:
    The class will review and discuss the answers for the videos they watched.

    SMART Board Page 5:
    The students will team up to play “Author’s Purpose Jeopardy.”

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