Authors create works to inform, entertain, or persuade. Readers can identify an author's purpose by looking for clues in the text. Finding an author's purpose helps readers better understand the text.
Discovering an Author's Purpose
The authors purpose is the reason for writing a text or piece of literature. It can be to inform, entertain, persuade, or to express an opinion. The audience is the group of readers who the author is writing for, and their understanding of the text can be affected by their background, knowledge, and experiences. Inference is the process of making a conclusion or judgment based on available information. It is a critical reading skill that can help readers determine the authors purpose.
What do you think the author's purpose was in writing this piece?
How does understanding the author's purpose help you to better understand the text?
In what ways does understanding the author's purpose allow you to make connections between the text and the world around you?
The authors purpose is to inform, persuade, or entertain their audience. It's possible for an author to have multiple purposes for a single work. Authors use subtle clues within their work to help shape their purpose, such as the choice of images and words.
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What clues can you look for in a text to determine an author's purpose?
How does an author's purpose influence the way the author writes a text?
How did the author's purpose affect your understanding of the text?
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What is the purpose of an author when they write to persuade?
- To convince the reader of a certain point of view
- To entertain the reader with a story
- To inform the reader about a topic
What is the purpose of an author when they write to inform?
- To educate or impart knowledge on a specific topic
- To tell a story for enjoyment
- To express their own opinion or feelings
What is the purpose of an author when they write to entertain?
- To captivate and engage readers with engaging stories, characters, or humor
- To present facts and statistics in an objective way
- To influence readers' behavior or thoughts
Which type of writing often includes persuasive language such as opinions and bias?
- News articles
Which type of writing is most likely to include descriptive language that paints vivid images in your mind?
- Narrative Writing
- Expository Writing
- Persuasive Writing