Who's Hungry? Author's Purpose: PIE and T

I don't know what it is, but Author's Purpose is SO TOUGH!! Even after I teach the different purposes, the kiddos still mix them up!

I'm fairly certain you all have heard of the acronym "PIE" for teaching Author's Purpose:
P = Persuade
I = Inform
E = Entertain

I was having some trouble wrapping my head around just these three, because sometimes authors don't write for one of those purposes. Example: most traditional literature. Fables, folktales, and legends are usually written to teach a lesson. So I got to thinking. How can I add "Teach a Lesson" to the PIE?
Or maybe use the "L" from "Lesson?"
Yeeaahhh..... no.

I like PIE. When I eat pie, I usually need something to wash it down. T? Tea??? Hey, I'm onto something! Here's the anchor chart we created:
My kiddos were really diggin' this! After we defined each purpose, we practiced identifying the different purposes with texts found in our classroom. Adding "Teach a Lesson" as another purpose for writing is also a good way to foreshadow the Traditional Literature genre, which we will be working on in the coming months.

My next dilemma? How to incorporate poetry? Because not all poems are silly and happy a la Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky. Thoughts???


1 comment

  1. What a super cute and creative way to add that in! It's catchy and goes along with the theme-brilliant!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers


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