AUTHOR’S PURPOSE When reading anything, ask yourself these questions….• What was the author’s reason for writing this selection? – to persuade me? – to inform me? – to entertain me?• Which statement from the selection best shows the author’s purpose in writing this selection?• Why did the author write these words/this phrase ___ in italics, in bold, all capital letters, in brackets, etc….?• Why did the author include (a list of ingredients, a graphic, statements in parentheses, a picture, etc…)?
When an Author Wants to Persuade…• The author is trying to make the reader agree with something important. The author wants to persuade you to see his or her point of view.Examples of persuasive writing: Editorials in a newspaper or magazine, speeches, or advertisements Articles or advertisements about health issues, environmental issues, or other issues important in society
When an Author Wants to Inform…• To inform is to provide information or to show how to DO or MAKE something. We usually read informational text to learn more about a subject and to find answers to our questions.Examples of informational books/text: Non-fiction books News stories in a newspaper or magazine Encyclopedia, dictionary, or thesaurus How-to books or manuals Cookbooks
When an Author Wants to Entertain…• To entertain is to tell a story or to tell what a person or place is like in an interesting or funny way. You usually read something entertaining for fun.Examples of entertaining books/stories: Bluford Series Cinderella Nursery Rhymes Reader’s Digest Jokes and Short Stories Urban Legends Picture Books
So, What IS the Author’s Purpose?To Persuade To Inform To Entertain
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