Author's Purpose Charts

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I wanted to make some charts for Author's Purpose that would appeal to my first graders.  I went with the P.I.E acronym (Persuade, Inform, Entertain) but took it to the next level by actually using Pie as the text examples.  I then added some Other Examples so the students would get additional visual examples of the different purposes.  I have these up on my Teachers Pay Teachers site for only $2.00!

***UPDATE - I had a few requests to add an additional, optional 4th poster for "Explain".  I have now included this in the download too.  

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  1. These are so awesome! In the new common core, the kiddos must be able to tell the author's purpose....this puts it in a kid friendly way! GREAT!!!

  2. Wow! Fantastic...I am a follower! Thanks for sharing your awesome resources.


  3. I just found your blog today and I am loving it! Thank you so much for all of the adorable freebies you share! I am a new follower!


  4. Your blog is the bomb!! I just added you to my sidebar! Can't wait to use all your fab ideas!!
    Kerri B

  5. YOU ROCK! Gladys at Teaching in High Heels featured you on her blog and here I am. Hooray! Your stuff is AMAZING! I'm your newest follower! I am printing all of your goodies like crazy! THANK YOU!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. Just discovered your blog tonight! I am following you on Google Reader. I LOVE everything that you have shared on your blog!
    You are so creative and generous to share!

  7. Love these! I'm always struggling with ways to explain this to kids. Thanks for providing a visual.

  8. I just found your blog and LOVE all of your freebies! Thank you so much for sharing these!

    Love, Hugs, and Ladybugs

  9. These are great!! I saw them on pinterest!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. I love these. I am a new follower and I am loving your blog.

    Swimming into Second

  11. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing :)

  12. Very Very Cute!! I am a new follower :)

  13. Just found your LOVELY blog! Thank you for sharing your resources and ideas!

  14. The Author's Purpose posters look great...thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer Jones

  15. I'm a new follower to your blog. I totally love this!! Upon saving it in google docs to use later, all the cute fonts were gone and it was blurred out. can someone help me?!

  16. If you'll email me, I'll send you a copy of how I turned this into a brochure through Vistaprint. I wanted to ask if I could put it in a post, giving you the credit as creator of course!
    Thanks, Nancy

    The Apple Basket Teacher

  17. These are EXACTLY what I wanted but was too lazy to make it myself. I should've known I'd find it right here! Thank you so much!

  18. These are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  19. We've done a lot w/ Author's Purpose in NC. I love these posters. With cause and effect, I do a lot of visuals because they can participate too. My favorite is the cause: not doing homework-- what's the effect?? Then turn that effect into a cause--- It seems that our EOG does that a lot that you have to follow the cause and effect pattern until you get to what they are asking. Thinking maps are great for this too!

  20. Help!! I would desperately love to use these in my classroom, but it's downloading blurry on my Mac. Any suggestions?

    Email is

    Thank you, thank you!

  21. I love these!! Is there any way you could make one for "Explain"? As in the author is explain how to do something, like how to make a blueberry pie. Examples being recipes, instructions, or directions.


  22. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! these great charts! Absolutely FABULOUS!


  23. Love these. Thank you so much for sharing them!!!
    Simply The Classroom

  24. This is great :] Have a great and safe Thanksgiving and GO FLORIDA! (I teach there/here too)


  25. Thanks so much for sharing. I saved these and just printed them and for some reason the Inform page keeps printing with black lines down the page behind the text and pictures. I'm assuming they're not supposed to be there. They don't show up on the file when I view it on my PC. Are they printing this way for anyone else?

  26. Hi Cindy! I LOVE these posters! Would you be able to make one for "explain" or would you happen to have the template for one of the others, so I can make me own? I saw that someone else had posted about this in August. I'm even willing to pay! Thanks a lot.


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  28. This is such a great idea - thank you for sharing!!!

  29. I hope you don't mind, but I just included these in a writing post with a link back to your blog! I'm a new follower and wanted to pay you back! I'm having a giveaway and there are 30 winners, so stop by - you'll get anything you want from my Teachers Pay Teachers account for free!
    Miss B, Busy Bee

  30. This is a great idea! My son is learning about "Author's Purpose" and this should be as easy as pie to explain. lol :) I pinned this :)

  31. Stumbled upon your blog while searching Google... I'm your newest follower. Great anchor charts.


    PS - check out my blog when you get a minute.

  32. Saw on pinterest and fell in love! But I'm getting the same blurry print as previously mentioned. Could you please send me the linky to my email?


  33. For some 3 won't print for me...can you email it to me? Thanks!!

  34. Would it be possible for you to share the fonts and templates you used? I would like to make one for explain and describe. Thanks!

    My email is

  35. Hi, I just blogged about your wornderful Author's Purpose is all About Pie charts. They are fantastic,my kids were super thrill to see them.

    Check it out at

    Happy teaching

  36. Hi Cindy! I love these charts and went to TpT to buy and download but there is a $3.00 minimum order requirement. :( Thing is I don't NEED anything else at this time...and don't want to buy something just to buy it. Is there a way I can pay you directly and you send me the link?

  37. Hi Cindy! I love these charts and went to TpT to buy and download but there is a $3.00 minimum order requirement. :( Thing is I don't NEED anything else at this time...and don't want to buy something just to buy it. Is there a way I can pay you directly and you send me the link?

    1. There is no longer a $3.00 minimum - Yay!