Author’s Purpose Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 80 pages and 40 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Determining the author’s purpose in the focus of this 80 page and 40 google slide unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs.


This unit has various activities to help students understand why an author writes a story. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading the story included in this unit, What’s the Purpose?


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how to determine what the purpose may be through the use of flow charts and practice worksheets. This repetition encourages a deeper understanding of this challenging concept.


****This unit has digital versions of the printable activities. There are now 40 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.


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Determining Author’s Purpose Unit Includes:


  • 9 day lesson plan
  • 17 page story (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • Large flow charts to use for class discussion
  • Worksheets for students to draw their own flow charts (includes digital version)
  • 3 worksheets to id the author’s purpose in an example (includes digital version)
  • 10 short stories to id author’s purpose in an example (includes digital version)
  • Quiz (includes digital version)
  • 38 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.


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