Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Use Book Orders to Assess Author's Purpose

Speaking of reusing items, MrBsBeachBrains posted a neat way to get rid of those old book order forms you may have lying around.

His class used the book orders in a cooperative learning activity to determine author's purpose.  Each group had butcher paper divided up into three categories:  persuade, inform and entertain.  Students cut pictures from the book orders and paste them based on what they could tell about the author's purpose.  

This is a good activity because it simultaneously accomplishes several things:

  • assesses students' understanding of author's purpose
  • allows students to work cooperatively, and debate their opinions about where the books belong (Mr. B said he heard good discussion amongst students)
  • incorporates some Bloom's Taxonomy as students categorize the books.

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