In a few words, name the reason why an author writes a book.
"SWBAT-Identify Author's Purpose
SWBAT- Explain how details explain the author's purpose."
Authors write for many reasons, such as to inform, persuade, or entertain. When reading, it's important to think about why the author wrote the text. This can help the reader better understand the text.
Persuade: To convince someone to believe or take action on an idea. Inform: To provide facts and information to the reader. Entertain: To tell a story to amuse or entertain the reader.
Answer a question. Describe- use key details to describe a topic or a person. Explain-Show steps and how something works.
How details support author's purpose?
How does paragraph (x) support the author’s purpose? What is the purpose of this (paragraph, or sentence)
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The author's purpose of a text is sometimes to inspire its reader to take action. The author's purpose of a text can also be to express his/her feelings. The author's purpose of a text can sometimes be to convince the reader to think a certain way.
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A tornado swept through this town three years ago. It gutted hundreds of houses and businesses. At the hardware store one day after the storm, I met Leo Jackson, a retired carpenter, who was buying wood to rebuild his house "sooner than the state will do it." He told me: "I don't like change, so I'm going to make sure the next one can't do more than knock at my door." After this past storm swept through his town, I drove by his new house to check on him. He was sitting on his porch waiting for the interview, and not one window was broken. Why would the author quote Leo Jackson in this article?
- A) inform the readers about his plans for rebuilding his home.
- B) explain how the storm affected the community.
- C) illustrate one resident's determination
The Romantic Period in literature resulted from the reaction to eighteenth-century rationalism in which writers tried to order their experiences with the world. During the eighteenth century the emphasis was on logical conclusions and reason as shown in the study of physics and mathematics and reflected in the literature of the time. The Romantics, on the other hand, turned away from these abstractions in favor of feelings and immediate experiences. They turned their backs on the idea of people as cold, rational beings and portrayed them in all their complexity, warmth, and diversity as individuals. The first sentence of paragraph 1 indicates that the author's purpose is --
- A) to describe the Romantic Period.
- B) to analyze literature of the Romantic Period.
- C) to define just what the Romantic Period involved.
Brain break: Draw an ice cream truck with a party hat on it and ice cream cones driving it.
Each spring, the humpback whales reappear in Hawaii and once more begin to sing. Each new year, they have new themes in their repertoire and have dropped many of the former songs. Sometimes the songs are so loud that the whole hull of your boat resonates and you can hear ethereal moans and cries coming mysteriously, as from nowhere. If you dive into the peerlessly blue water and swim down, you may, with luck, see the singer hanging in the water below you, a cobalt shape in the sapphire depths. The sound penetrates your body, making the air in your sinuses vibrate in sympathy, as though you were sitting within the widest pipe of the largest cathedral organ, and the whole of your tissues are soaked in sound. What is the purpose, in paragraph four, for phrases like "the whole hull resonates," "ethereal moans," "sound penetrates your body, making the air in your sinuses vibrate in sympathy"?
- A) to persuade the reader that the songs are noisy
- B) to help the reader imagine the quality of the sound
- C) to explain how sound travels through water
To make a delicious New England pit, proceed as follows: take some water and flour; then construct a bullet-proof dough. Make this into a disk-shaped object. Dry it for a couple of days in a mild temperature. Pour on stewed dried apples and slabs of citron; leave it in a safe place until it petrifies. Serve cold at breakfast and invite your mother-in-law. The author’s purpose is to
- tell the steps in making a pie.
- persuade the reader to buy New England pie.
- describe New England pie.
I will try to give the reader of this article some idea of the real nature of Gothic architecture, not just of Venice, but of universal Gothic. One of the most interesting parts of our study will be to find out how far Venetian architecture went in achieving the perfect type of Gothic, and how far it fell short of it. The author’s purpose is to
- explain the importance of Gothic architecture.
- describe Venetian architecture.
- show the nature of Gothic architecture.
Our criminal justice system today is a disgrace. Modern day criminals have more rights than an honest citizen ever imagined were written into our U.S. Constitution. Murderers and rapists are typically set free on legal technicalities and seldom face any jail time. While that scum is back to work finding new victims, the pleas of those they have killed, maimed, or violated go unheard. Until we begin giving some real consideration to people who obey the law, instead of those who break it, things are going to continue getting worse. The author’s purpose is to
- describe the actions of the criminals.
- describe the actions of the criminals.
- criticize our criminal justice system.