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Author's Purpose: Easy as Pie

Students will learn that authors have a purpose when they write: to persuade, to inform, or to entertain.

Michelle Thomson

on 27 July 2012

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Transcript of Author's Purpose: Easy as Pie

Author's Purpose: Easy as Pie
Michelle Thomson
This presentation is designed to introduce first grade students to the three main purposes that authors have for writing using the mnemonic "PIE". The ultimate goal would be to have them identify these purposes in their own reading, and media viewing, and apply these purposes to their own writing throughout the year.
PA State Standards:
1.1.1.A: Identify the author’s purpose and type, using grade level text.
1.9.1.A: Use media and technology resources for directed learning activities.
This lesson is designed to be used whole group so that the teacher can scaffold reading, and so that additional discussion can take place. There is an independent practice section at the end that could be done at a learning center. The class can extend the learning by creating a list or collection of work that showcases each purpose. Students can create a portfolio of their own writing pieces that represents each of the purposes.
What is author's purpose?
Independent Practice
An author's purpose is the reason he or she is writing.
Authors have three main reasons they write.
You can use the word "PIE" to help you remember.
P stands for PERSUADE
I Stands for Inform
E Stands for Entertain
Jupiterimages Corporation. (2006).
Apple Pie [Image]. Available fromhttp://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Discovery Education. (2011).
P with Parrot (Color) [Clip Art]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Discovery Education. (2004).
Apple on tree [Image]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
When an author persuades he or she tries to convince you of something.
What was the author trying to persuade you to think or do in this commercial?
When an author informs, he or she tries to give you information or teach you something.
What information was the author trying to teach about in this old news clip?
When an author entertains he or she wants to give you something you can enjoy.
What was entertaining about this video?
Dolly Madison Pies (creator). (1980). FuzzyMemoriesTV (poster). 2008. Dolly Did It. [Video]. Available fromhttp://www.youtube.com

Footagefile (poster). (2008). World's Biggest Pie [Video]. Available from http://www.youtube.com
Can authors have more than 1 purpose?
In what ways did the author of this video try to persuade, inform, or entertain?
Brothers Mcleod (poster). (2006). Danger Pies. [Video]. Available fromhttp://youtube.com

Channel 4. (2003). Enjoying Half of a Mince Pie [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Chronicle Books. (2010). Whoopie Pies [Video]. Available from http://www.youtube.com
Match the text to the author's purpose in this concentration game.

Watch the video about Whoopie Pies and then write what you think the author's purpose is. Explain why.
Play a Game!
Listen and Draw
Listen to the podcast
"The Apple Pie Tree". Draw a picture that shows the information that 5-year-old Mitchell shared.
Write about it!
Hall, Zoe (author). BigStoryTime.com (poster). (2006). Bedtime Stories for Kids: Podcast 70: The Apple Pie Tree. [Podcast]. Available from:http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bigstorytime-com-bedtime-stories/id136336754
Concept Credit
for PIE Mnemonic device:
Really Good Stuff. (2006). What's the Author's Purpose? [Poster]. Available from http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/product/authors+purpose+poster.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=Search#
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