Author's Purpose Games & Activities

Instructor: Angela Janovsky

Angela has taught middle and high school English, Business English and Speech for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has earned her teaching license.

Author's purpose is an important aspect of writing to teach to your students. This lesson outlines some classroom activities and games to get your students engaged in learning this concept.

Author's Purpose

Every piece of writing known to man has a purpose, or something the author is trying to convey, which is the reason for writing. If you are teaching your students this concept, you have likely showed them a variety of forms and styles of writing and asked them why the author would write each one.

The ideas in this lesson focus on the three main types of author's purpose, which appear as the mnemonic device of PIE: persuade, inform, and entertain. You may have also reviewed other types, like to teach something, express an idea, or explain a process, but nearly all of these can be classified into PIE. The rest of this lesson focuses on activities to use to reinforce author's purpose specifically dealing with PIE. Feel free to adjust or modify these ideas according to your lesson design and class needs.

PIE Activity

The first activity deals with creating a handheld PIE visual aid in the shape of an actual pie. Have your students create this by following these steps.

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