What is the author's purpose for writing a story? (answer with just a few words)
An author’s purpose is the reason they chose to write a piece of writing. It can be to persuade, inform, or entertain readers.
persuade: To convince readers to take a certain action or believe in something. inform: To teach readers about a specific topic. entertain: To amuse, interest, or please readers.
What do you think is the most important purpose of an author?
- To tell a story
- To entertain readers
- To inform readers
- To persuade readers
The author gives their opinion? The author tries to get the reader to think or feel a certain way.
The author gives facts and information. The author writes to teach or tell the reader about a topic.
The author gives the reader something to enjoy. The author may try to make the reader feel certain The author may try to make the reader laugh!
Which of these is an example of persuasive writing?
- A text that encourages readers to exercise
- A text that tells a funny story about exercising
- A text that gives facts about exercise
In which of these examples is the author's purpose to inform the reader?
- A recipe
- A fictional scary story
- A text from your mom telling you why you should clean your room
In which of these texts is the author's purpose to entertain the reader?
- A text about how maps work
- A comic book strip with lots of jokes
- A text about why everyone should own a pet
Most texts have more than one purpose. Understanding an author’s purpose can help you better understand a piece of writing.