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writing about author purpose

PURPOSE - seeing text creators as influencers


Lift students' discussions about purpose by encouraging them to think of the creator of their text as an influencer who has the power to make us:


🎯Think about something


🎯Do (act) - this last step is often ignored by students!


Embrace the art of authentic discussion by:

🎯Working through the feel-think-understand-do sequence.

🎯Finding more relevant verbs (let's get more specfic than to warn, to persuade, to inform, to entertain)

🎯Linking purpose with specific evidence.

🎯Linking purpose with a main idea.

🎯Moving into the wider world 'whys'.

🎯Cutting out that 'forced' phrase, The author's purpose is to...


This resource includes:

⭐ One editable student booklet (9 pages including cover).


You and your students will enjoy:

❤️ Editability

❤️ Examples and infographics to aid understanding

❤️ Activities to practice new skills

❤️ A bit of 'teacher humour' along the way!



🖥️ Microsoft PowerPoint, resized to an A4 page.   This means your resource: 

  • Is completely editable.
  • Will easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Googley suite.
  • Is printable 📃

🖥️ A flat-packed version - this means your students can edit digitally ONLY the parts they should.  The rest is locked down to prevent them damaging it.

🖥️ A PDF version


Also helpful are these related products:

 Essential Mini Lessons - Set 11 - Reading for Purpose, Idea, Audience

Getting Cushy with Close Reading



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