Author’s Purpose – 2nd Grade RI.2.6 – Reading Comprehension Passages for RI2.6



Author’s Purpose in Nonfiction – RI.2.6

⭐️These 15 digital and printable Lexile® leveled close reading comprehension passages with standards-based questions are perfect for 2nd graders to learn the author’s purpose skills. Printable PDF & Digital Google Slides versions make this resource perfect for classroom and distance learning. Students learn to identify the purpose of a nonfiction text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


⭐️If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching the author’s purpose. Aligns with many state-specific standards, including TEKS and VA SOL.


⭐️The printable PDF and digital versions are both included with this product for classroom and distance learning needs. The digital version is compatible with Google Drive and Google Slides and can be downloaded from Google Slides into PowerPoint.


⭐️The Digital version saves paper, but still requires teachers to correct student responses.



✏️Certified Lexile levels make differentiation easy. Passages are in the 2nd grade to 3rd grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for the 2nd-3rd grade is 420L-820L).


✏️Integrated color coding encourages students to learn how to use text evidence in their answers.


✏️Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard-based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.


✏️Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard-based essays and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


✏️Contains original passages with high-quality photographs designed to engage students of all levels and interests. Each passage and question set is three pages long.


Table of Contents

1. Anchor Charts for Interactive Journals:

  • Author’s Purpose (P.I.E., Writing to Inform)
  • How to Identify Author’s Purpose
  • Key Words to help you identify the author’s purpose in informational text

2. Reading passages with questions for each area:

Author’s Purpose: To Explain

  • Tying Your Shoes- 430L
  • Decomposing to Add- 500L
  • Building a Snowman- 500L
  • Pizza! Pizza!- 630L

Author’s Purpose: To Describe

  • African Elephants- 530L
  • Fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies- 560L
  • Saint Lucia Day- 760L
  • Paris, France- 780L

Author’s Purpose: To Answer

  • Dogs vs. Cats- 530L
  • How Do Clouds Work?- 710L
  • How Do Fish Breathe Under Water?- 750L
  • Are School Uniforms Best?- 810L

3. Assessment of each area

  • Explain: How to Make a Paper Airplane- 620L
  • To Answer: What Causes Colors in Nature?- 730L
  • Describe: Grand Canyon- 800L


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Skill Pack Bundle:

This resource is available in a Skill Pack Bundle that contains six different resources focused on this specific reading skill – including lesson plans, digital mini-lessons, guided readers, task cards, and Boom Cards.

Author’s Purpose Skill Pack – RI.2.6 Classroom & Distance Learning Bundle

Bundle Up & Save:

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension MEGA Bundle

3rd Grade Reading Comprehension MEGA Bundle

Fiction Comprehension Bundle – 2nd Grade Common Core Standards

Fiction Comprehension Bundle – 3rd Grade Common Core Standards

Nonfiction Comprehension – 2nd & 3rd Grade Common Core Standards

Related Products:

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Author’s Purpose Boom Cards ™ 2nd & 3rd Grade

Author’s Purpose in Nonfiction Task Cards 2nd Grade RI2.6

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Compare & Contrast Events from Multiple Accounts RI.5.6

Compare & Contrast Topics from Different POV – RI.5.6

Author’s Purpose – 6th Grade RI.6.6


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