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Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Learning author’s purpose is a great way for your students to understand their text. The author’s purpose reading passages in this resource will prepare your students to identify why an author wrote the text in front of them. Knowing the author’s reasoning will prepare them to understand more about what they are reading.


Identifying author’s purpose helps your students find the meaning of why a text was written. Knowing this will help them prepare for what they will read. These author’s purpose reading passages give your students plenty of practice as they determine if the text was written to persuade, inform, or entertain the reader.

Included In The Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

  • 8 different author’s purpose reading passages
  • Digital audiobook stories with author’s purpose practice
  • Printable bookmark
  • 4 author’s purpose graphic organizers 
  • 4 games to check student’s understanding of author’s purpose
  • Exit Tickets to informally assess author’s purpose
  • Formal author’s purpose assessment 

Practicing author’s purpose is easy with all the resources included. With the reading passages, the bookmark, the games, and the graphic organizers, your students have multiple opportunities to determine the author’s purpose. This will further their understanding of the text by knowing why the author wrote the story.

author's purpose reading passages

They’ll love completing the author’s purpose reading passages, then playing one of the four games included: “Memory”, “Four Corners”, “Around The Room”, or “PIE”. If you’re short on time, exit tickets are great to quickly check your student’s understanding of author’s purpose. And when you’re ready, there is a formal assessment to complete your author’s purpose reading unit.

How Can I Use This In My Classroom?

These author’s purpose reading passages have several ways to practice this reading comprehension strategy. Here’s how to teach author’s purpose using this resource.

Author’s Purpose Printable Bookmarks

Introduce your students to the author’s purpose reading comprehension skill with a bookmark that acts as a portable anchor chart. Print them on bright paper and send them home with library books or laminate and add them to your independent reading centers. The bookmark reminds students that reading passages can be written to persuade, inform, or entertain. Keep your bookmarks handy as your students learn why an author writes a text.

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Author’s Purpose Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are great for teaching reading comprehension. And they’re versatile too! With these author’s purpose graphic organizers and your favorite read-aloud, your students will decide if the text was written to persuade, inform, or entertain. Use the graphic organizers as you’re introducing your students to the author’s purpose reading skill. Then, as you gradually release the responsibility to your students, the graphic organizers are great for independent or partner reading.

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

The author’s purpose reading passages can be used to introduce or practice the reading skill. Great for your whole classroom, or at your literacy center, these reading passages help your students identify the reason why the author wrote the text.

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages
Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

There are 8 author’s purpose passages included. 4 of the stories are fiction, 4 are non-fiction. Here are more details:

  • 4 reading passages have author’s purpose practice. Students look at a set of book titles to see if the author wrote them to persuade, inform, or entertain. Then they will cut and paste the books under each author’s purpose category.
  • 4 reading passages give students the opportunity to read the text, then determine why the author wrote it, and write what helped them decide.

Digital Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

As teachers, we want our digital activities to be meaningful. The digital resource included is engaging and interactive with several author’s purpose examples. Students read along with each story, then identify the reasoning behind the author writing the text. Another great method for teaching reading comprehension.

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Author’s Purpose Games

Author’s Purpose is difficult for students to learn. They need to practice looking at the text and putting themselves into an author’s shoes. This is tricky for younger readers who are just learning to read the words on the page. The four games allow students to see how knowing the author’s purpose will get their brain ready to learn what they will be reading. 

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages
Author’s Purpose Reading Passages
Author’s Purpose Reading Passages
Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Here are the author’s purpose games included:

  • Memory: Played like regular memory. One set of cards has a short story and a title. The other cards have “Persuade”, “Inform”, or “Entertain”. Students read a short story and the title. They determine if it was written to persuade, inform, or entertain. They will look for the matching card.
  • Around The World: Place the author’s purpose cards around your room. Students take the recording form and walk from card to card to identify if the author wrote the text to persuade, inform, or entertain.
  • PIE: Students place the “PIE” cards face down on their desks. As you read the short stories, students determine the author’s purpose. They will show you the matching card.
  • Four Corners: Laminate the posters and place them in different parts of your classroom. Read the short stories. Students choose “Persuade”, “Inform”, “Entertain”, or “I’m Not Sure”. Students move to the poster of their choice.

Author’s Purpose Exit Ticket

Exit tickets are perfect if you have a short amount of time to check if your students understand the concept of author’s purpose. Print the exit tickets on bright paper, or even better, use the included sticky note printer template to print the author’s purpose exit tickets onto a sticky note. Add a blank posterboard to your walls for your students to place their sticky note exit tickets! Either way you use them, these exit tickets will tell you quickly who has an understanding of author’s purpose and who needs more practice.

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Author’s Purpose Assessment

When you are ready to assess your students, use the formal assessment provided. The story “Owning A Pet Fish” was written specifically for the author’s purpose skill. The 4 reading comprehehension questions show if your students can identify the reason the author wrote the text. There is a final open ended prompt for them to explain how they knew the author’s purpose.

As teachers, we know that your students need multiple ways to practice a new reading skill. As teachers of young students, we also know that it needs to be fun and engaging. These author’s purpose reading passages, graphic organizers, printable bookmark, games, and assessments will highlight the reading skill but in a fun way for your students. 

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

Why Will This Work In My Classroom?

Many times, we cannot find the right reading passages to “fit” the particular reading strategy when we are teaching reading comprehension strategies. The reading passages, as well as the other resources included focus directly on teaching your students to identify the author’s purpose while reading. Focusing on the specific skill in isolation first will help your students as they practice author’s purpose on their own.

FAQ About The Author’s Purpose Reading Passages

  • What Reading Level Are The Reading Passages? The text for the passages are at a first grade reading level. 
  • How Do I Differentiate For My Struggling Readers? We are teaching our students the reading skill with this resource. If you have students reading below a first grade reading level, it would be appropriate to read the passages and questions to them.  
  • Do I Have To Use All The Activities Included? No, of course not. However, many activities have been included so you can choose what is best for your students. You can also vary any of the activities based on the needs of your classroom.
  • Where Can My Students Use The Digital Resources? The digital reading passages are available on Google Slides, Boom Cards, or Seesaw. Links to these activities are found at the beginning of the resource.

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Adding the author’s purpose to your reading comprehension lesson plan will help your students identify why the author wrote the text. Practicing finding the author’s purpose with this resource will enable your students to learn this skill so they can critically think about future text. Grab your author’s purpose reading passages today!

Author’s Purpose Reading Passages


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