Hello again! It is author’s purpose time and our class has been using the “PIE” method for understanding the process. Here is what each letter stands for:
P-persuade (the author is trying to persuade the reader)
I- inform (the authors purpose is to give information)
E- entertain (the authors purpose is to entertain the reader)
The students have been working on this for two weeks now and have finally mastered it (Uber proud!!). Here is an example of the assessment piece I had the students create for the story “I need my Monster”, and the other picture is what we referred to every time we evaluated a story and went back to ask what we think the author wanted us to know as the reader. The monster story was particularly cute (we read it on storyonline) with wonderful animation. For the assessment you see below I asked the students to create one of the monsters in the story, tell me how the author made them feel, what letter from PIE that they think the author intended for us and why! They came up with the cutest stuff, plus, doing monsters was interesting for ALL of my first graders. It made “authors purpose” seem easy breezy!
In the picture below you can see the PIE the student made for a reference tool, the title, how the author made her feel and a clear example Of the author’s purpose using the “E” for entertainment! (Not to mention her cute labels💕)
Above: What I made and what we used to refer after each story (anchor chart and reference tool)