Nonfiction Purpose

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 10742

Why do authors write about real people, places and things? That's called nonfiction. Watch read-along videos and play online games to learn how to find an author's purpose, and write your own stories!



learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What is nonfiction? Can you think of some examples of nonfiction texts? Do you like to read real stories? What are some reasons someone would write nonfiction? Get ready to write your own!

Nonfiction means not made up or make-believe.

When you are reading nonfiction, you are reading a piece of writing that is based on real facts, real people, or real events. If you thought about textbooks or a biography, you are on the right track.

There are lots of different kinds of nonfiction texts. Some other examples of nonfiction include travel books, history books, newspaper and magazine articles, journals, manuals, and how-to books!

Authors usually have different purposes, or reasons, for writing.

If you can figure out the author's purpose, it will help you understand the text as a whole. Most authors of nonfiction are writing for one or more of these three reasons:

  • to inform
  • to entertain
  • to persuade

You can print out this Scholastic chart that shows the traits of nonfiction types of writing: Nonfiction.

Listen to the following books and nonfiction videos, and see if you can determine the author's purpose!

Read Aloud! Caring For Your Pets by Ann Owen


A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.:


Froggy, Froggy! (a song for kids about the frog life cycle, etc...) by Harry Kindergarten Music:


Discuss the Froggy, Froggy! song with your parent or teacher. How many stages are there in a frog's life cycle? What did you learn about frogs and their life cycle? Discuss with your parent or teacher the different stages of the frog and what each phase does! Then, decide what the writer's purpose is.

Discuss Martin Luther King Jr. with your parent or teacher. What is the author's purpose in writing this book?

Discuss Caring For Your Pets with your parent or teacher. Do you know what the author's purpose is? You may be able to tell just from the title of the story!

It's time to go online for more practice, so continue on to the Got It? section!

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