What is Author’s Purpose?• The author’s purpose is what the author wrote the story to do. For instance, an author wanted to write a factual passage about Ben Franklin. The author would then want to inform people about Ben Franklin.
Entertainment ExampleGiant squids are evil,the most evil by far.Giant squids are evil,because one ate my car.Giant squids are tasty,they really are a treat.Giant squids are tasty,calamari is really sweet.
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Informative ExampleDid you know that the sun is about 93 million miles away? Also Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Plus, Mars is named after the god of war!Taken from “Random Planet Facts.”
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Persuasive Example• I believe that a vegetarian life is a more productive life. You don’t get as many fats from food, and you are doing a favor to the animal population. Go vegetarian today!
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Try and find the author’s purpose in this clip from a film about the Spartans. Is it to entertain, to inform, or to persuade?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6psq- APRK5c&feature=player_detailpage
AnswerThe author’s purpose in that clip was to Entertain. You can tell because it is more focused on action rather than explaining facts or trying to get you to do something.
How to Tell the Difference• Entertain- Focused around action, fiction, or just plain comedy.• Inform- Focused on telling facts.• Persuade- Focused on trying to get someone to follow an idea or use a product. (etc.)
Another videoWhat is the author’s purpose of this video?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PU8ZxQj7e E&feature=player_detailpage
AnswerPERSUADE: The ad was meant to persuade people to use oxiclean stain remover. R.I.P Billy Mays.
Final VideoThis is the final video I’m going to show.You know what to do.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HECa3bAFA Yk&feature=player_detailpage
AnswerThe video is meant to ENTERTAIN.(I couldn’t find a very good informative clip that wasn’t longer than 2 minutes.)
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New QuestionBefore going to the next slide, what is the purpose of this Powerpoint?
AnswerThe purpose of this slide show was to entertain and inform! In certain cases, there can be multiple purposes the author makes their piece for. (I probably should have mentioned this before.)
EndConsidering that I made this, you probably learned nothing. You probably didn’t even get the reference to Monty Python. Oh well. I guess I’ll see you later.