Series: Success at the Core: Relevant and Real Content


Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • RI:  Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12
  • 7:  7th Grade
  • 6: 
    Determine an author'\x80\x99s point of view or
    purpose in a text and analyze how the author
    distinguishes his or her position from that of

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards 6-12
  • 7:  7th Grade
  • 2a: 
    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a
    topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information
    through the selection, organization, and analysis
    of relevant content.

    a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what
    is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and
    information, using strategies such as definition,
    classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/
    effect; include formatting (e.g., headings),
    graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia
    when useful to aiding comprehension.

    b. Develop the topic with relevant facts,
    definitions, concrete details, quotations, or
    other information and examples.

    c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion
    and clarify the relationships among ideas and

    d. Use precise language and domain-specific
    vocabulary to inform about or explain the

    e. Establish and maintain a formal style.

    f. Provide a concluding statement or section
    that follows from and supports the information
    or explanation presented.

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Understanding Author's Purpose
Lesson Objective: Work in small groups to practice writing for different purposes
Grade 7 / ELA / Author's Purpose
ELA.RI.7.6 | ELA.W.7.2a

Thought starters

  1. Why do you think the teacher uses a writing lesson to reinforce the concept of author's purpose?
  2. How does the teacher create an understanding of how an author's purpose or intent influences their writing?
  3. In what ways do students demonstrate their understanding of writing for different purposes?
Great strategy for engagement. It also allowed classroom discussion. It helps the students know different stances that an author could take to get you to buy, purchase or watch something. It was a great lesson I believe the students were able to comprehend and enjoy. I will definitely use this method.
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Awesome Lesson! I loved how engaging this lesson is, and how it allows students to decide on their own.
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So excited to try this with my Practical English classes! THANK YOU!
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Thank you for sharing! I'm a first-year teacher and can't wait to use this lesson with my 7th graders this week. :)
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Awesome lesson and activity cant wait to use this =) Thank you!!1
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School Details

Covington Middle School
11200 Ne Rosewood Rd
Vancouver WA 98662
Population: 1046

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Karrie Fansler


Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Subjects / Collaboration

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Subjects / Planning

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Subjects / Engagement

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Tch DIY


Professional Learning


English Language Learners


English Language Arts