Author’s PurposeReasons for Writing
Three Main Purposes•   To Entertain•   To Inform•   To PersuadeEvery text serves one of these purposes.
Writing to EntertainThe MAIN purpose is to amuse readers.                Examples• Stories• Poems• PlaysYou may learn some...
Writing to InformThe MAIN purpose is to enlighten the reader.                   ExamplesExpository essaysNonfiction textsI...
Writing to PersuadeThe MAIN purpose is to convince the reader.                 ExamplesPersuasive EssaysPersuasive Speeche...
Identifying the Author’s Purpose•    Is the text a poem, story, or play?     (if “yes” = entertain; if “no” = go to next)•...
Practice   You will be graded on participation   and completion, not on accuracy.• On a separate sheet of paper, number  o...
1A note written by a young girl asking her ex-  boyfriend to forgive her.
2A recipe for making potato pancakes
3The lyrics to an Adele song
4The warnings on a bottle of cough syrup
5A mailing from the American Cancer Society  asking for donations to help fight cancer
6The script for a popular television show about vampires
7A map and schedule of bus routes
8A poem about how the world’s fresh water  supplies are polluted
9An advertisement in a magazine to get readers to buy a new video game
10A schedule of movies and the times that  they show for a local theatre
ANSWERS•   Persuade•   Inform•   Entertain•   Inform•   Persuade•   Entertain•   Inform•   Entertain•   Persuade•   Inform
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  1. 1. Author’s PurposeReasons for Writing
  2. 2. Three Main Purposes• To Entertain• To Inform• To PersuadeEvery text serves one of these purposes.
  3. 3. Writing to EntertainThe MAIN purpose is to amuse readers. Examples• Stories• Poems• PlaysYou may learn something from a story, but the MAIN purpose is to entertain.
  4. 4. Writing to InformThe MAIN purpose is to enlighten the reader. ExamplesExpository essaysNonfiction textsInstructions or directionsInformational writing may be entertaining, but the MAIN purpose is to inform.
  5. 5. Writing to PersuadeThe MAIN purpose is to convince the reader. ExamplesPersuasive EssaysPersuasive SpeechesPersuasive Letters or notesPersuasive writing attempts to change the reader’s mind or get them to do something.
  6. 6. Identifying the Author’s Purpose• Is the text a poem, story, or play? (if “yes” = entertain; if “no” = go to next)• Does the text mainly give facts and info? (if “yes” = inform; if “no” = go to next)• Does the text make arguments? (if “yes” = persuade; if “no” = start over)
  7. 7. Practice You will be graded on participation and completion, not on accuracy.• On a separate sheet of paper, number one through ten.• I will describe a piece of writing.• You will write the author’s purpose: to inform, persuade, or entertain.
  8. 8. 1A note written by a young girl asking her ex- boyfriend to forgive her.
  9. 9. 2A recipe for making potato pancakes
  10. 10. 3The lyrics to an Adele song
  11. 11. 4The warnings on a bottle of cough syrup
  12. 12. 5A mailing from the American Cancer Society asking for donations to help fight cancer
  13. 13. 6The script for a popular television show about vampires
  14. 14. 7A map and schedule of bus routes
  15. 15. 8A poem about how the world’s fresh water supplies are polluted
  16. 16. 9An advertisement in a magazine to get readers to buy a new video game
  17. 17. 10A schedule of movies and the times that they show for a local theatre
  18. 18. ANSWERS• Persuade• Inform• Entertain• Inform• Persuade• Entertain• Inform• Entertain• Persuade• Inform
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