1. Display several books, magazines, and newspaper articles (examples listed above). Have students turn and talk with a partner answering, "Why would you read this book, magazine, or newspaper article?"
2. Remind students that we always have a purpose for reading and authors always have a purpose for writing.
3. Write the terms persuade, inform, and entertain on the board. Show the attached slideshow on Author's Purpose. Students will use dry-erase boards and markers during the slideshow. Some examples in the slideshow are debatable. Allow students to defend their opinion. Discuss that some text may have more than one purpose. Make the point that their point of view may be different from the author's.
4. Give students the attached graphic organizer. Read an easy informational textbook or article to the class. Stop at various points to record the author's purpose. Allow students to discuss their thoughts before sharing with the class.
5. Students will independently complete the attached article and mini graphic organizer "Violent Weather".