Thursday, November 14, 2013

What's the Purpose?

I'm soooo behind on my blog posts!  I feel like I can barely keep my head above water.  Anywho, several weeks ago we started our unit on expository texts and started off with Author's Purpose.

In order to set the stage for Author's Purpose, we talked about all the different purposes of texts and charted them. 

Next, I showed them several video clips and they had to guess the purpose.  Some of these videos are VERY long, so I used TubeChop to chop the video to the length I wanted.  Here are the videos I used...can you guess the purpose?

In case you were wondering,  I did chop the word "crap" out of the Duck Dynasty video.

Next, I split the kids into groups and gave them several texts.  They created a T-chart in their reader's notebook and decided the purpose of each text.  Afterwards, we reviewed each text and discussed how we knew the author's purpose.

 FYI-these are NOT the answers on this T-chart

Most of the texts I used came from student magazines like National Geographic, Time for Kids, Scholastic News and Storyworks.

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1 comment:

  1. What a great lesson, Jen. Thanks for sharing. I had never heard of TubeChop before, but I bookmarked it. I will definitely be putting it to great use in the future. We were just reviewing Author's Purpose in my class today!
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