Here is a fun Author's Purpose activity
07-15-2008, 05:05 AM
Using food to teach author's purpose
I have too much time on my hands. I am already thinking about making new lessons for next school year. I hope you can use this activity.
Do you want to get your students' attention when teaching author's purpose? Try this activity.
First have a mini lesson about author's purpose. Show different examples of writing meant to persuade, inform, and
entertain. Once you feel they have a fairly good understanding of the different purposes, it is time for them to apply the concept.
In a hat (or whatever you want to use for this) have strips cut up that say either persuade, inform, or entertain. Make sure you have one strip for each child. Then go around an have each student pull one of the strips.
Here is where the food
comes in. Pull out a box of Goldfish Crackers (or what ever snack you want to use). Tell the students that they are going to have to put on their creative writing thinking caps for this activity. They will need to write a paragraph to persuade, inform, or entertain their audience using the goldfish crackers as the topic. The strip that they drew out earlier is the purpose they must use.
Let them snack on the goldfish as they write. When they are finished have them share their paragraphs with the class. See if the students can guess what the purpose of each one is.