Author’s Purpose Print and Digital for 3rd Grade

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You’ll love everything included in this Author’s Purpose Unit, from task cards, to passages, posters, a game and more!


Products Included in This Bundle:


This Author’s Purpose Unit comes in print and digital (for Google Classroom and other top educational platforms) and includes 6 passages, 32 character task cards, a game, a foldable, graphic organizers, posters, and writing activities to keep your third grade students fully engaged! This resource will provide your students with lots of practice identifying the author’s purpose using a variety of formats.


It includes:

6 Passages with comprehension questions (3 are open-ended and 3 are multiple choice)



Too Much TV




Desert Habitat




The Mice and the Weasels (Aesop’s Fables)

Why Anansi Has Eight Thin Legs (African Folktale)


32 Task Cards

Record Sheet and Key

3 Graphic Organizers

5 Worksheets for Author’s Purpose

Outlining Pages for Persuade, Inform, and Entertain Paragraphs

Writing Pages for Persuade, Inform, and Entertain Paragraphs

4 Posters (in Color and BW)

A PIE Foldable

A Concentration Game

Answer Keys

Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes for Digital PDF with Links



Why you’ll love this resource:

  • It has lots of different types of formats, from passages to task cards, a foldable, posters, graphic organizers, a concentration game, and more!


  • The unit comes in both print and in NO PREP digital. The digital task cards and the multiple-choice passages are self-grading.


  • Your students will love the high-interest passages!


  • The passages have a mix of open-ended and multiple-choice questions.


  • The posters make a great visual reference for your students.


  • There are writing activities included to reinforce the author’s purpose concept.


  • It may be used in a number of ways from guided reading, to reader’s workshop, independent work, literacy centers, exit slips, homework, whole class games, test prep, and more!!!




Need an Author’s Purpose for 4th/5th Grades? It is similar to this unit except for the passages.
Author’s Purpose for 4th/5th Grades


Looking for more 3rd grade resources?
Cause and Effect from Informational Text
Characters, Settings, and Events
Inferences Using Informational Text
Inferences Using Literature: 3rd – 5th Grade
Compare and Contrast and More: Stories, Myths, and Traditional Literature
Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose


Thanks so much!

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