Help students learn how to identify author's purpose and the different types of essays with these handy lesson handouts and practice! Handouts include information on determining author's purpose - to inform, to entertain, and to persuade - in a way that is clear (but not cutesy!) An additional handout includes the different types of essays, how to identify each, the purpose of each, and brief bullet points on important aspects to think about when writing each type of essay. From there, students have enough information to complete an Author's Purpose Identification Activity, in which students are asked to identify the purpose of passages and examples, state the reasons for their choice, and in what medium (or essay type) they might find the passage or example being used. 7 pages total; includes Answer Key.