mini lesson by stariya


									                      Lesson Plan Format (Middle Grades)

Subject: Language Arts/Reading
Grade Level: 6-8
Theme: Why Do Authors Write?

  1) Find the author’s purpose for writing in different types of reading passages.
  2) Explore various styles of writing in newspapers, short essays, picture books,
     phone books, recipe books, encyclopedias, magazines, and novels.

Lesson Objective(s):
   1) The student uses research and technology to support reading
   2) Develops comprehension skills through the different forms of reading

Learner Outcomes (Life Performance Skills):
Students will be able to identify why an author writes a particular piece of work. This
will help students choose what kinds of books or literature they wish to read. It will also
enable students to be able to choose the specific kind of reading needed for a research
project or pleasure reading.

Assessment (Reflecting objectives and outcomes):
Students work in groups to identify the author’s purpose in a reading passage and
complete a graphic organizer that explains and lists four details for each purpose chosen.
They will then share their work and as a class we will briefly discuss together.

A scenario in which this lesson is needed would be at the beginning of the year before
starting a literature unit. Or it could even be taught if students simply questioned why
authors wrote a particular work. Begin the lesson by role playing as a student who is
complaining about reading a certain text and questioning the author’s purpose. Ask the
students to help you understand why they believe authors write and list their reasons on
the board. Then list the four reasons: to persuade, inform, entertain, or share a personal

   1) Explain that authors don’t usually state a purpose, so you need to pay close
      attention to the details that are given in the text in order to be able to determine
      the author’s purpose for writing.
   2) Give students the mnemonic device of P.I.E.S to help them remember the four
   3) Remind students that if they know the author’s purpose for writing they will
      become better readers.
   4) Read aloud three different examples of author’s purpose from teacher handouts.
This mini lesson would give them understanding of the purpose of authors and therefore
allow them to better understand the reading. Have students keep their notes and graphic
organizer in their notebooks for future reference and use.

Material and Resources:
Choose different types of literature-newspapers, short stories, essays, magazines, novels,
phone books, encyclopedias, recipe books, and picture books. Give students a copy of
the Graphic Organizer. As the teacher you may research on line for different lesson plans
to elaborate or modify this mini lesson. For example: is an
excellent site or you may also google “lesson plans” as well and find insightful ideas.
                    Teacher’s Handout: AUTHOR’S PURPOSE

 You may use this to read aloud to your students and have them determine the answer.
You could also elaborate on it and give as a worksheet for them to review what they have



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