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.