One way to always think when we read is to try to determine what the Author's Purpose was in writing the story. We can look for clues in the story to help us decide what the main purpose the author had in mind while writing.
There are three main purposes for writing a selection, and those can be summed up by the word PIE.
P -- Persuade
To help explain it further, take a look at this video that some of my students made!
In order to make sure we understood Author's Purpose, we became authors! We made short books using the Book Creator app and iMovie on the iPad.
Each short book needed to have one page where we tried to persuade the reader, another page where we informed the reader about something, and one page where we did our best to entertain.
Check out our books about Author's Purpose below.
Here is a video from Jocelyn, Sophie, and Bradyn.
Claire and Lexi's video.
This is by Tessa and Conner.
Jaelyn and Anthony want you to try to figure out the Author's Purpose on your own.
This one is by Deven and Gavin
This one is by Hope and Kiersten
If you are figuring out the author's purpose, that means you are thinking about what you are reading. It is so important to always stop and think as you read your book.
My favorite book ever is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
The purpose of that book is to entertain. I know that is the purpose because I loved that book so much I read it over and over.
What is your favorite book? What do you think the Author's Purpose might be? How do you know? We would love to hear about it in the comment section below.