Author's Purpose Sort

This link is for a PDF file with a sorting activity that asks students to sort text samples into one of three author's purpose categories: to entertain, to persuade, to inform. This file can be printed and used as a small group center activity. The text samples include a mixture of fiction and informational text.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0201.7.1
Recognize the purpose of media is to inform, persuade, and/or entertain.
GLE 0301.8.1
Use active comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading.
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Learning objectives: 


The student will identify the author's purpose.

Lesson Variations

Extension suggestions: 

Extensions and Adaptations:

Write other passage cards to sort.

Helpful Hints


  • Header cards (Activity Master C.023.AM1)
  • Passage cards (Activity Master C.023.AM2a - C.023.AM2b)

If text in this activity is not appropriate for your students, use text that is more applicable. Note: The numbers of the cards correspond to headers in the following manner: Persuade - 3, 8, 1, 5; Inform - 2, 9, 12, 7; Entertain - 10, 11, 4, 6.