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Author's Purpose

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Author's Purpose
Pixton Lesson Plan on Author's Purpose
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings literary analysis to life with comics and storyboards.

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Author's Purpose

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Teacher Guide

Author's Purpose

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The ability to identify and analyze author's purpose is an important critical thinking skill essential to reading comprehension. Teachers should explicitly teach students the definitions, components, and examples of author's purpose (see attached example comics).

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart:

  • What do you already know about author's purpose?
  • What do you want to know about author's purpose?
  • How could you learn more?
  • Why might this skill be important?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Define

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Apply to Literature

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Apply to Informational Text

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate definitions and examples of author's purpose.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a KW(H)L Character Map to illustrate what you know and want to know about author's purpose.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate author's purpose in a work of poetry, prose or nonfiction.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart:

  • What did you learn about author's purpose?
  • What are you still confused or unsure about?
  • What would you still like to know about author's purpose?
  • How could you learn more?
  • How does this relate to other reading or writing activities or questions you have completed in the past?
  • What memory devices can you use or create to remember how to use this skill?
  • Why is it important to understand and use this skill?
  • How can this skill help you be a stronger reader and writer?
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Pixton Activity: Author's Purpose 1 Define

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of Author's Purpose.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard that illustrates the definition and elements of Author's Purpose:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Author's Purpose 2 Apply to Literature

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of Author's Purpose.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates Author's Purpose in a piece of fiction literature or prose:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Author's Purpose 3 Apply to Informational Text

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of Author's Purpose.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates Author's Purpose in a nonfiction informational text:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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