I first told them what author's purpose was and gave examples. I then called each student up and gave them a star that said either persuade, inform, or entertain.
They then went and sat in a private spot in the room so the others couldn't see which author's purpose they were writing. They wrote something (on scrap paper) that either informed, entertained, or persuaded. When I checked it for accuracy they transferred it to their speech bubble (that I copied on construction paper) and created a portrait to go with it.
For some reason this picture will not download the right way.
Here are what some of mine wrote:
Sorry, again for some reason they are side ways : (
You can't really read this one but it was my favorite. She had entertain and wrote about buying an elephant at the zoo and it pooping on the floor. She thought it was hilarious when I read it back to her and said the word poop.
They walked around to each students' desk and read what they had written. They decided what the author's purpose was and filled in their paper. The student's name goes on the first line and entertain, inform, or persuade goes on the last last. So it might say: Hudson is trying to inform or Brook is trying to entertain.
Let me know what ya think!