I am at a loss as to how to teach my 4th graders about Author's purpose and text structure. We are taking a new standardized test this year, and them just memorizing the kinds won't work. Does anyone have any really fun, creative, and real life lesson that would go along with either skill?
I teach 6th grade and tried something new this year. I had my students use a newspaper to find all the different types of author's purpose (inform, persuade, entertain). They had to cut out the aritfact, identify what type it was, and explain what makes it that way. I then made a bulletin board with their examples. The students had a lot of fun.
In my building we all (elementary and intermediate) teach the author's purpose as "Everybody wants a piece of the PIE." The PIE meaning P=persuade, I=inform and E=entertain. We have a picture of a pie to go along with the saying as well. This helps give them a visual while thinking of the author's purpose.
Cracking the Code by Lester Laminick and then a book by Barry Lane both are really great for author's purpose/craft... don't worry about spelling...remember we teach students to get their thoughts down on paper!!!!!!Tidwa