Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE

Contributor: Erin Jones. Lesson ID: 11230

Why do you eat pie? What is its purpose? P.I.E. can help you find an author's purpose for writing, and its ingredients help you with your writing! Learn from videos, examples, and a creative project!



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Listen to and think about Aesop's fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf (below):


Do you think the author had a purpose in mind when writing this piece? Was the author thinking about PIE?


Authors write to Persuade, Inform, and Entertain their readers.

Watch this short video about Author's Purpose by Ms. Shores. As you watch, consider the purpose of Aesop's fable, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." The purpose of this story is to entertain you!


The purpose of this lesson is to teach you about the three purposes for writing.

Authors write to persuade. "Persuade" means to change the reader's mind. Perhaps an author wants you to consider another point of view. Think about advertisements in the newspaper or on television. The authors of those advertisements want to persuade you to buy their product, vote for their candidate, or even visit their store.

Read Plastic Ban Essay from A Research Guide for Students. The author's purpose is to persuade.

Consider the following questions and discuss them with your parent or teacher:

  • What is the author trying to persuade her readers to do?
  • What is the author's point of view?
  • Does the author have a message?

This author's purpose is to persuade.

Authors can also write to inform. Think about when you leave a note for your mom, or text your friend. Your purpose is usually to inform. For example, you might tell your mom that you're going to a friend's house or that you cleaned your room. Authors of writings such as newspapers, websites, magazines, and books, often write to inform. Typically, these are non-fiction pieces, because they are informing you about facts.

Read this informational text on Guinea Pigs from Pet Guinea Pig Care. The author's purpose is to inform.

Consider the following questions and discuss them with your parent or teacher:

  • What did you learn in this text?
  • Are there facts present?
  • Is this passage true?

This author's purpose is to inform.

Authors also write to entertain. These texts are meant to make you feel various emotions. Perhaps you'll laugh or cry because you connect with the characters or the content. Texts that entertain can be fictional novels, knock-knock jokes, comic strips, and picture books.

Read The First Day of Middle School by Patty Hansen for Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. It's purpose is to entertain.

Consider the following questions and discuss them with your parent or teacher:

  • How did this passage make you feel?
  • Did you connect with narrator?
  • Have you ever felt this way before?

This author's purpose is to entertain.

You've learned that authors have a purpose when they write. They're writing to Persuade, Inform, or Entertain.

Now, move on to the Got It! section to discover how to discover the author's purpose.

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