Its test time again and youve just finishedreading the first paragraph in the test bookletand are preparing to answer the questions.The first question? Piece of cake! Its a contextclue. The second question? No problem! Theanswers right there. The third one is a littleharder - its an inference question, but you stillfigure it out.
Whoa! Whats this? Which of the following wasthe authors purpose in writing this? "Totorture children who have to takethese tests," you think grumpily, but thatanswer is not one of your choices...
Authors purpose questions areanother way of saying, "Why did the authorwrite this anyhow, or what was the reasonthis piece was written?"
•to inform •to correct a misunderstanding•to perform a task •to show differing•to sell points of view•to inspire •to review a film •to review a book
THE AUTHOR TELLS A STORY THAT DESCRIBESSOMETHING OR SOMEONE IN AN INTERESTING WAY!
The author will explain or teach something in thestory that the reader doesn’t know. The authorprovides knowledge to the reader.
The authortries to changeour opinion ona topic byappealing toour emotions.
Authors often describe to support otherpurposes in writing. They use it to createa character, set a mood or envision ascene.
•Did the author try to make me laugh? Entertain Did the author want to tell me a story? Entertain Did the author try to amuse me? Entertain
Did the author give me facts? InformDid the author try to teach me something? InformDid the author try to convince me? PersuadeDid the author want to change my opinion? Persuade
Will: • prepare your mind for the type of information in the reading • make the article easier to summarize • make it easier for you to discriminate between the articles main idea and important details