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Here is a fun Author's Purpose activity
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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.


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Love it!
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I am going to use it with my 4th graders! Thanks for sharing!
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another activity
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1st - Choose a topic - for example: Snow - and have students write a paragraph about snow for each of the 3 main author's purposes.
-inform about snow: fact based paragraph (I allow made up facts)
-persuade readers that snow is the best precipitation
-entertain - a fictionalized account of something that involves snow

2nd- Have kids share their writing, and rest of class decides at the end which purpose was used. **The best discussions come up here - when students don't stick to one purpose, or get the purposes confused.

Finally, we come up with similiarities and differences between the different writing styles.
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these are wonderful ideas..great for upper grades. thanks.
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Wonderful ideas! Thanks!!!

(I think I better start a document and c&p all these great ideas. I'm never going to remember them all. Heh.)


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Thanks! They are great ideas!
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Great Idea for a concept that is always hard to get across... Thanks
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These are super ideas. I hope you share more of them. Thanks!
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I love your ideas !!!! In getting observed next week n this is my skill for the week ! So I'll have it planned n ready thanks so much
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Love it !
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I love your ideas !!!! In getting observed next week n this is my skill for the week ! So I'll have it planned n ready thanks so much
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