Beyond Author's Purpose Task Card and Activities


  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

  • Subjects: Reading, Writing

  • Product Type: N/A

  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

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This set of task cards and activities goes beyond the simple PIE and makes students think about why the author wrote different parts of something.

Author's purpose is a tough skill for students to grasp, and this set of task cards goes beyond the simple PIE! 

Colorful posters are included for the 5 reasons authors read: PIE'ED.

There are 24 task cards in the pack, all with interesting subjects students will enjoy. Each card requires students to identify the author's purpose, give evidence, and tell why the author included a specific part, something asked on many standardized tests. I have also included "Oops!" cards to make it a game for the students, if desired. All of the cards are in both color and black and white for your printing preferences.

There is also an activity where students read an article or piece of their own and answer questions about it to tell about different aspects of author's purpose. I used a popular children's magazine for this activity.

The final activity allows students to create their own passage about a subject of their choice with a specific purpose.

These are great for whole class, small group, or even literacy centers.

Check out this blog post to see it in action!


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Reading Toward The Stars
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A wife, a mother, a reading specialist!

I graduated from Longwood College in 1997 and spent the first 14 years of my career as an educator in third and fourth grade classrooms.  I loved teaching children, but my passion has always been with teaching reading. 

I graduated from the University of Virginia with my Masters in Reading in May 2010 and waited patiently for the moment when I could do what I do most and help struggling readers learn to read!  In 2011, that dream came true! Now I spend my days as a reading specialist working with students in Kindergarten through fifth grade as they learn to overcome reading difficulties and work to become stronger readers.

In 2012, I began my blogging journey where I highlight books, ideas, and my days in the classroom.  You can visit my blog Reading Toward the Stars to learn more about my life as a reading specialist.

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