Author's Purpose Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students need to know why authors write for both reading comprehension and writing skills. Use this lesson plan to teach students about author's purpose. Hands on activity included.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe reasons authors write
  • discuss author's purpose
  • identify examples of differing purposes for writing
  • design a poster demonstrating understanding of author's purpose


  • 50 minutes


  • Samples of varying types of text
  • Chart paper
  • Art supplies

Key Vocabulary

  • Author's purpose
  • Persuade
  • Inform
  • Entertain

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

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