Author’s Purpose: ELA Lesson 7


Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


Estimated time: 30- 45 minutes

📲Technology Required

A device with a web-browser – PC, Mac or Chromebook – or phone or tablet. Google classroom or similar app will be needed if the teacher wishes to share slides and assignment online.


This is the seventh in a 10-unit English/ Language Arts unit centered around a visit to their grandmother that integrates English/ Language Arts and indigenous history. Teacher gives a brief presentation on author’s purpose and explains the assignment to match terms and examples with the correct purpose. Students apply this information by playing Making Camp Premium and identifying the purpose of the game as a while and/or individual components.

📚Lesson Plan

Introduce the lesson

Using this Google slides presentation, the teacher explains the three types of common author purposes.

Complete assignment matching author purpose

Students then complete a two-part assignment where they match the correct author purpose with its definition and with examples of specific types of writing.

The answer key for the author purpose assignment can be found here.

Play game and answer question on purpose

Students learned in the presentation that other media, like games and videos, can have a purpose, too. They play the game Making Camp Premium for 10-15 minutes and then answer the question on what is the game’s purpose.

(Answer: Our purpose in creating Making Camp Premium was both to inform and to entertain.)

Teachers may wish to submit a different game or video for this activity to fit with their curriculum.

Related lessons

The previous lesson in this unit is Venn diagrams.

The next lesson in this unit is Figurative Language.


Student assignment matching author purpose can be used for assessment of this standard

State Standards

Missouri Learning Standards (MLS)

Reading 1C (5.R.1.C.a-b) – Develop and apply skills to the reading process.

Making Connections – Compare, contrast, and analyze relevant connections between text to text.

Reading 2A (5.R.2.A.) 

Fiction – Develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate fiction, poetry, and drama from a variety of cultures and times.

Reading 3B (5.R.3.B.)

Literary Techniques – Develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction from a variety of cultures and times.

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