Author’s Purpose Task Cards using PIE Print and Digital with TpT Easel

Author's Purpose Task Cards using PIE Print and Digital with TpT Easel

This can be used for Homeschool students, 3rd-5th grade.

Includes: PDF, 11 + blackline versions

These 24 cards can be used to teach your students how to determine the author’s intent. Each card contains a brief reading passage, as well three multiple-choice PIE choices. Students will also be asked to justify their answers. This activity is intended to be used in conjunction with your students’ familiarization of the PIE acronym and author’s purpose. The PIE poster can be used by students as a guide, and there are three challenge cards that can be used to expand the activity. Blackline versions of the cards, which look amazing when printed on colored papers, are also included.


Distance Learning

***********There is also a digital version using TpT’s new digital tool (added August 2020). After purchasing, click on the “Open as Digital Activity” button. This will allow you to access a version in which students can color the PIE graphic, and then explain their answers in text boxes. You can either edit the overlay digitally or leave it as-is.***********

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These cards can be used in many ways. These cards can be used orally in small groups with students and then they could be discussed by the class. These could be used with students individually answering on their notebooks. Students can also use the multiple-choice answer sheet provided. This is a good option for students who are younger or don’t need to justify their answers. The answer key is also included.


This set contains:

  • Directions and Suggestions
  • PIE Poster
  • 24 Task Cards Color
  • 24 Task Cards Black Line
  • 3 Challenge Cards and a Cover Card
  • Student Answer Sheets
  • Answer Key


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About the Author

Rachel Lynette wrote these passages. Over 120 nonfiction books have been published on a range of topics. There are also several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages represent more than a decade worth of professional writing experience.

Conditions of Use

Rachel Lynette, Minds in Bloom INC. created this resource. All rights are reserved. Only the original purchaser can use this resource for one class. Teachers can distribute the product via email, Google Classroom or the Internet to their students (and their parents), provided that the site is password-protected. This means that you can distribute the product to your students, but it cannot be posted on the Internet for others to download. You can purchase additional licenses at TpT if you wish to share the resource with your colleagues. We appreciate your understanding of these terms. :

This product was happily brought to your attention by Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom and Cassi Noack



Examine how purpose or point of view influences the content and style.

This resource contains an interactive activity that students can use on any device. The Easel app by TpT can be used for free. Learn more.


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