Author's Purpose

Do you get excited about teaching author's purpose?!  Well, I normally don't because I just don't have a ton of tricks up my sleeves or resources for it on hand.  However, this year I vowed to do things differently.  We've been talking a lot about the Author's Purpose throughout the year, but we really needed to hit PERSUADE this week in a big way.  

So, I took out my handy-dandy charts from last year  (PTL I saved those puppies!!)
 And, we got to work!  We made Author's Purpose pencils.... because authors use pencils, of course!  I actually used THIS freebie that I have in my shop.  I just cut the yellow paper myself so it could be a tad longer!  And, the flap-ups are from THIS unit!
 I gave my students THIS paper to cut/sort under the flaps. (side-note, I haven't checked for errors, so print at your own risk!).  Then, I gave each table several books.  They recorded the titles underneath the correct flap... easy peasy!!!
These definitely added a little spunk to my door!
 I get asked about wall space A LOT!  I hang stuff up every place I can find... including the inside and outside of my door.  Very little of my room is pre-decorated because I always leave tons of room for student work.  I wanted these to be at eye-level so my students can refer to them throughout the week!
You can grab the pencil FREEBIE here, sentences to sort HERE, and flap-ups HERE!

Hope you have a blessed week!!!


Courtney B said...

Great idea for author's purpose! I think author's purpose can be so boring and this will help liven it up. Thanks Amy!

Miss Wilson said...

Author's purpose is a fun but difficult concept to teach! I've used some WBT chants to help with my classes... but your anchor charts are the most adorable thing I've seen. And the Pencils?! Oh boy are they adorable.

Thanks for sharing!

Miss Wilson
20-Something Teacher Tales

Brandy Withers said...

Not sure if your school has a large laminator or not, but I love keeping my anchor charts to use from year to year also. We are fortunate enough to have a nice, large laminator. I laminate all of my anchor charts that I reuse each year and it makes them last so much longer. Yours are so beautiful! If I could draw like that I'd definitely want to make them last as long as possible.

Brandy Withers
Firstie Kidoodles

Tracy W said...

Two things:

1. Have you seen Hope King's free lesson on Author's Purpose with the PIE anchor charts? Uh-mazing!! The kids love it and the learning sticks with them.

2. Do you have a "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Be thankful" pennant banner? I am in love with the other holiday ones you have created but am looking for one for the month of November. Thanks!!

Erica Hastings said...

We made paper plate pies last year to represent the different types of author's purpose!

Mrs. Griffith said...

I need you to make me a set of those darling anchor charts for my room too! Love them

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