Author's Purpose - Grade 3
We write for three or four main purposes: to entertain, to inform, to describe or to persuade. Some states put "describe" under the umbrella of "inform" and then list only three purposes for writing. See Full Product Description.
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We write for three or four main purposes: to entertain, to inform, to describe or to persuade. Some states put "describe" under the umbrella of "inform" and then list only three purposes for writing. Primary students can usually tell the difference between a piece that was written to inform (usually nonfiction) and one intended to entertain (usually fiction.) They do not need to know about persuasive writing at this level.
Please see below for a selection of Leveled Lessons for Below Level (basic), and/or On Level (median), and/or Above Level (competent) students.
Before students can grasp "author's purpose," they need to know the difference between fiction and nonfiction writing. Make a permanent classroom chart on which you can list stories that are fiction and nonfiction. Each time you read a story, list it under the proper heading. After you get many stories up there, then you can have discussions about the differences between fiction and nonfiction writing.
After they have some idea about fiction and nonfiction, help students continue to add to the chart and have them explain their reasoning for placing a story under a certain heading. Please note that these distinctions are not clear for the primary child. They may hear a story about people on Mars and not realize that this is not a realistic story. They may be entertained by a story on bats and not realize that it was nonfiction.