Monday, November 19, 2012

Common Core Reading Passages: Author's Purpose | Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Author's Purpose Reading Passages | Common Core ELA reading passages with reading comprehension questions.  Use the reading passages, lessons, student study guilds, test, and free teacher resources below to prepare students for the transition to the Common core state standards.

The free pdf. docs listed are a great tool for all teachers in any grade to teach Author's Purpose.

Author’s Purpose, Point of View and Tone
Author's Purpose Reading Comprehension 
Reading Strategies Authors Purpose
Author's Purpose Parent Materials
A STUDY GUIDE FOR: AUTHOR’S PURPOSE & PERSPECTIVE
Author's Purpose Guild and Lesson Plans
Text Features and Author's Purpose
What’s the Author’s Purpose? PosterWhat is the Tone of the Author's Work
Author's Purpose and Tone of Voice
Authors Purpose : Making Judgments Authors Purpose Language Frames

Testing Vocabulary Question Verbs and Stems

End of Grade Reading Passage Test | Use the EOC Test at One Grade Above to Meet the Common Core Higher Lexile Reading Passage Levels

Full Lesson Plans from Readworks.org

ONE PAGE CRITICAL THINKING PASSAGES ALIGNED TO the COMMON CORE
 from Depaul University  http://teacher.depaul.edu More Resources 

Grade Level Fiction Passages 
2nd-3rd Grade Reading Level
Little Pink Riding Hood English / Spanish 
Little Pink Riding Hood English / Spanish 

Grade Level Nonfiction Passages 
2nd-3rd Grade Reading Level
 After the Chicago Fire sequence and summarize 
American Explorers evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Animal Studies infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Block Clubs infer and support the main idea of a passage 
The Captain's Job infer and support the main idea of a passage
Chicago Changes identify and support the main idea in nonfiction texts
Chicago Fire sequence events, infer  motive, and write about nonfiction 
Chicago Legacy: Burnham's Plan locate and use information to analyze a situation, write about a topic English / Spanish 
Chicago Legacy, DuSable's Choices and Changes locate and use information to analyze a situation, then write about it English / Spanish
Chicago's First Leader infer and support the main idea of a passage 
The First Flyers infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Grant Park write an extended response about a nonfiction reading 
Learn about Ghana infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Letter to the Mayor evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea
Natural Gas: An Energy Resource infer and support the main idea of a passage 
A New Park evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Pigeon Creek infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Pioneer Families infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Prairie Ecology analyze information in a nonfiction text 
Read to Learn about Symbols, Maps, and Art evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Saving Your Family's Energy Dollar infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Settlement infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Staying in Phoenix summarize a passage 
Transportation Changes infer and support the main idea of a passage 


4th Grade Reading Level
A New Day  Realistic Fiction about the Election of Barack Obama and Civil Rights
A Proud Flight   The story of Icarus

Grade Level Nonfiction Passages 
4th Grade Reading Level
 Traveling West evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
What is a Fable? evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea
Working at the Hospital evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
 Breaking the Food Chain infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Chicago Changer, Jane Addams infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Chicago High Schools evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Chicago Legacy: Burnham's Plan locate and use information to analyze a situation, write about a topic English / Spanish 
Chicago Legacy, DuSable's Choices and Changes locate and use information to analyze a situation, then write about it English / Spanish 
City Government infer and support the main idea of a passage 
The Early Chicago Environment and People classify information and summarize a nonfiction topic 
Learn about Egypt infer and support the main idea of a passage 
The Football Team identify the main idea 
A Garden in Lawndale evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea (4th grade reading level)
Illinois Pioneers and Prairies infer while reading a history 
Learning about the Solar System identify the main idea of a passage, write an extended response about a nonfiction passage 
Natural Gas: An Energy Resource infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Pilsen, A Community Changes identify causes and effects 
Plants and Places infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Prairie Changes identify an author's purpose, write an extended response 
Prairie Changing the Ecosystem with Multiple Choice Questions analyze information in a nonfiction text 
Seasons on the Prairie infer and support the main idea of a passage
Settlement infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Space Food infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Staying in Phoenix infer and support the main idea of a passage
Today's Telephone infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Transportation Workers evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea
What is a Fable? evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Working at the Television Station evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea
Working at the Hospital evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
The Working Tools of Insects infer and support the main idea of a passage 

5th Grade Reading Level
Columbus and the Egg  historical fiction

Grade Level Nonfiction Passages 
5th Grade Reading Level
 American Explorers infer and support the main idea of a passage
Animal Studies infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Better Living in Chicago: Jane Addams restate a situation presented in text; write to communicate about a situation (5th grade reading level)
Chicago Changes infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Chicago Fire infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Chicago Legacy: Burnham's Plan locate and use information to analyze a situation, write about a topic English / Spanish 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I can infer the author's purpose 
Election Choices infer and support the main idea of a passage 
From Many Places evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Learn about Ethiopia  infer and support the main idea of a passage )
How Have Students Made Community Progress? analyze a problem and solution in a text, identify and support the main idea 
Prairie Keepers analyze information in a nonfiction text
Public Transportation evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Read to Learn about City Systems evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Read to Learn about Elections evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
The Recycle Center evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Reversing the Chicago River identify cause-effect relations and infer predictions 
Seasons on the Prairie analyze information in a nonfiction text 
Settlement infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Valley Forge infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Who Am I sequence events, infer  motive, and write about nonfiction 

6th Grade Reading Level
Community Progress    realistic fiction about a mural
A Good Student realistic fiction about starting high school
His First Dollar historical fiction about Abraham Lincoln

Grade Level Nonfiction Passages 
6th Grade Reading Level
Before Chicago infer and support the main idea of a passage
Chicago's First Leader infer and support the main idea of a passage 
The Early Chicago Environment and People classify information and summarize a nonfiction topic 
Election Choices infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Labor Day Address--Barack Obama Speech infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Learn about Zambia infer and support the main idea of a passage
Nutrition Lesson evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Plants and Food infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Prairie Ecology evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Settlement analyze information in a nonfiction text 
Seasons on the Prairie infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Traveling West infer and support the main idea of a passage 

7th Grade Reading Level
Columbus and the Egg historical fiction about an event showing Columbus as a smart person
A Good Student  realistic fiction about starting high school

Grade Level Nonfiction Passages 
7th Grade Reading Level
Honest Abe infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Labor Day Address--Barack Obama Speech infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Learn about Kenya infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Learning about the Solar System infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Pilsen--A Community Changes identify causes and effects
Prairie Keepers infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Settlement infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Today's Telephone infer and support the main idea of a passage 

8th-10th Grade Reading Level


Grade Level Nonfiction Passages 
8th-10th Grade Reading Level
 An African Heritage in Chicago identify and support the main idea in a nonfiction passage 
Bold Plans, Big Dreams, City Progress identify and support the theme of a text  
Changing the Ecosystem infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Chicago is a City of Possibilities: Deval Patrick, Leader for Chicago analyze a text and write an extended response based on it 
Deval Patrick's Acceptance Speech infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Honest Abe infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea
Labor Day Address--Barack Obama Speech infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Learn about Physical Therapists evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Learn about South Africa evaluate information, summarize, and identify and support a main idea 
Maintaining Cultural Continuity infer and support the main idea of a passage 
New Leadership analyze a speech 
Settlement infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Transportation Changes infer and support the main idea of a passage 
What is Your Own Big Plan? (Barack Obama speech) analyze a text and respond to the issues it presents, write an extended response to a persuasive text 
What Values Have Shaped Chicago? identify the main idea of a passage  
Why is Community Service Important? identify the main idea and supporting information 
Chicago High Schools infer predictions 
Chicago Legacy: DuSable's Choices and Changes  infer and support the main idea of a passage 
Deval Patrick's Acceptance Speech infer and support the main idea of a passage 


LESSONS & UNITS: AUTHOR'S PURPOSE 2ND GRADE UNIT LESSONS & UNITS: AUTHOR'S PURPOSE 3RD GRADE UNIT
LESSONS & UNITS: AUTHOR'S PURPOSE 4TH GRADE UNIT
 
Quick Over of Author's Purpose From the Florida Department of Education. 

Definition:
Author’s Purpose is the reason why the text was written. There are four main purposes to an author’s passage.

To: 1.Persuade 2. Inform 3. Entertain 4. Explain
Author’s Purpose: To Persuade
• It’s the author’s goal to persuade the reader to agree with the author’s opinion.
• Even though the author shares his opinion, he may provide facts or examples to support the opinion.
• Examples: advertisements, commercials, newspaper editorial, etc.

Author's Purpose: To Inform
• It’s the author’s goal to enlighten the reader with topics that are usually real or contain facts.
• Facts are used to teach, not to persuade.
• Examples: textbooks, cookbooks, newspapers, encyclopedias, etc.

Author’s Purpose: To Entertain
• It is the author’s goal to simply entertain; provide enjoyment for the reader
Author’s Purpose: To Explain
• It is the author’s goal to tell a story or describe real or imaginary characters, places, and events
• Examples: poems, stories, plays, comic strips, etc.

Author’s Purpose Quiz
Aut hors Purpose Quiz Extended Response

Author’s Purpose: Question Stems

• What was the author’s purpose in writing this article/passage?
• What does the author mean when he/she writes “____________________”?
• Why did the author write this article?
• Which statement best describes what the author thinks?
• What is the author’s attitude towards ________ in this article?
• What kind of article did the author write?
• The author wants the reader to think ______________.
• Which feature of ________ does the author most value?
• The author/narrator could most likely agree with which statement?
• Why does the author describe _______ in such detail?

The passages are a great review before standardized testing.
  1. Author's Purpose - A Very Important Day Grade 4
  2. Author's Purpose - Blue Willow Grade 4
  3. Author's Purpose - Frindle  Grade 5
  4. Author's Purpose - Little by Little Grade 5
  5. Author's Purpose - The Crowded House  Grade 3
  6. Author's Purpose - The Down and Up Fall Grade 4
  7. Author's Purpose - Turtle Bay Grade 3
  8. Author's Purpose - Wild Shots, They're My Life Grade 3

4 comments:

  1. This is GREAT!!! It is so hard to find organized open source reading passages! Thank you

    If you know of other material I could use let me know!

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  2. I have looked high and low for a comprehensive site like this. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge.

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  3. I am having trouble opening the passages at the end that you state are great review before standardized testing. Any way you could help? Thanks!

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    1. The test tutor pages are only available online with the latest Adobe flash! I use them as a Smart board activity or learning station at my two student computers. I got on today and they work fine?

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