Thursday, January 15, 2015

Author's Purpose

One of the most important things to remember about reading is that Reading is Thinking!

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

I-- Inform

E-- Entertain

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.


  1. I think P I E is an excellent way to remember what the author's purpose is. I am currently reading a text book for one of my college classes. The authors purpose is to inform. I'm learning a lot of great information about Chemistry right now.

  2. Hello Jocelyn's Mom!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    I just finished a great book that had the Author's Purpose as inform as well. It was a biography of one of our presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I learned a lot of information about his life and how he became president.

    Next up is a book called The Fourteenth Goldfish. I am reading that to see if it would be a good read aloud for the classroom. The purpose of that book is definitely to entertain!


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