Author’s Purpose
Author’s purpose Did you know that when an author writes he or she  has a purpose or reason for writing? The four main p...
Let’s look at the characteristics of each type of writing.
Writing to Entertain This is usually a story or poem. The purpose is to humor the reader. It does not contain many fact...
Writing to Persuade The author wants the reader to do something or to think a certain way. The author uses facts and opi...
Sample of persuasive writingAfter more than a decade of conservation efforts andmillions of federal dollars, wolves are fi...
Writing to inform/ explain The author provides information about a topic. The writing contains mainly facts. The author...
Sample of informative piece Wolf paws are able to tread easily on a wide variety of terrains, especially snow. There is a...
Writing to ExpressThe author simply tells how she or he feels  about the topic.The author does not ask others to feel or t...
Sample of writing to express Hold on to your hat and your home, but let your imagination soar. The Caldecott medalist’s l...
Author’s Point of View When analyzing a passage for the author’s main purpose or reason for writing, look at:            ...
The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad was a secretorganization which helped slaves escape tofreedom. Many slav...
Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground ...
Analyze the text                                             What are the facts or                                        ...
Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground ...
Writing to ExpressThe author simply tells how she or he feels  about the topic.The author does not ask others to feel or t...
Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground ...
Writing to inform The author provides information about a topic. The writing contains mainly facts. The author rarely e...
Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground ...
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  1. 1. Author’s Purpose
  2. 2. Author’s purpose Did you know that when an author writes he or she has a purpose or reason for writing? The four main purposes are:  Entertain  Persuade  Express  Inform/ explain
  3. 3. Let’s look at the characteristics of each type of writing.
  4. 4. Writing to Entertain This is usually a story or poem. The purpose is to humor the reader. It does not contain many facts. Once upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes. Before they left, their mother told them " Whatever you do , do it the best that you can because thats the way to get along in the world.”
  5. 5. Writing to Persuade The author wants the reader to do something or to think a certain way. The author uses facts and opinions to convince the reader. Only one side of the issue is presented usually.
  6. 6. Sample of persuasive writingAfter more than a decade of conservation efforts andmillions of federal dollars, wolves are finally returning tothe northern Rockies. The Bush administration hasannounced that it will remove wolves from theendangered species list and allow the states of Wyoming,Idaho, and Montana to wipe out nearly 80% of all thewolves remaining in the Northern Rockies. These actionswould put wolves back on the brink of extinction afteryears of recovery. We need to tell Congress tooppose the Bush administrations plans andmake sure wolves are protected in the northernRockies.
  7. 7. Writing to inform/ explain The author provides information about a topic. The writing contains mainly facts. The author rarely expresses his opinion.
  8. 8. Sample of informative piece Wolf paws are able to tread easily on a wide variety of terrains, especially snow. There is a slight webbing between each toe, which allows them to move over snow more easily than comparatively hampered prey.
  9. 9. Writing to ExpressThe author simply tells how she or he feels about the topic.The author does not ask others to feel or think the same way.It contains mainly opinions.
  10. 10. Sample of writing to express Hold on to your hat and your home, but let your imagination soar. The Caldecott medalist’s latest masterly picture book will blow you away along with the pigs’ homes. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level.
  11. 11. Author’s Point of View When analyzing a passage for the author’s main purpose or reason for writing, look at: The facts and The intended author’s audience opinions purpose
  12. 12. The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad was a secretorganization which helped slaves escape tofreedom. Many slaves were able to escapebecause of the conductors and stationmasters. The northern states were free statesand slaves were free once they arrived in thenorth. Secret codes and signals were used toidentify the conductors and station masters.
  13. 13. Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground railroad.b. To inform readers about the conductors of the underground railroad.c. To explain what the underground railroad was.
  14. 14. Analyze the text What are the facts or authors opinions?Who is the audience What is the topic? •It was a secret organization •Many slaves were helped to escape Anyone Underground •Secret codes were railroad used
  15. 15. Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground railroad.b. To inform readers about the conductors of the underground railroad.c. To explain what the underground railroad was. Express inform/explain
  16. 16. Writing to ExpressThe author simply tells how she or he feels about the topic.The author does not ask others to feel or think the same way.It contains mainly opinions.
  17. 17. Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground railroad.b. To inform readers about the conductors of the underground railroad.c. To explain what the underground railroad was. Express inform/explain
  18. 18. Writing to inform The author provides information about a topic. The writing contains mainly facts. The author rarely expresses his opinion.
  19. 19. Underground RailroadWhat is the author’s purpose for writing the article?a. To express his opinions about the underground railroad.b. To inform readers about the conductors of the underground railroad.c. To explain what the underground railroad was.
  20. 20.  The end

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