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Identifying main idea and writer’s purpose

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Identifying main idea and writer’s purpose

  1. 1. Identifying Main Idea and Writer’s Purpose<br />
  2. 2. Fiction vs. Nonfiction<br />There are three types of writing: prose, poetry, and drama<br />Prose is ordinary writing and is considered either fiction or nonfiction<br />Nonfiction: discusses real people with real problems, real events, real issues<br />
  3. 3. Fiction vs. Nonfiction<br />Types of Nonfiction<br />Articles in magazines and newspapers<br />Autobiographies and biographies<br />Books on history, politics, social problems, etc<br />Editorials or opinion pieces<br />Essays<br />Memoirs and journals<br />textbooks<br />
  4. 4. Fiction vs. Nonfiction<br />Fiction is invented characters, their actions, and events.<br />Usually either novels or short stories<br />Genres: mysteries, adventure, romance, science fiction, horror, etc.<br />
  5. 5. Main Idea<br />Summarizes the plot of the story in a fictional piece, or summarizing the message in an article or essay in a nonfiction piece<br />Find the main idea by finding the topic sentence in paragraphs<br />In a multi-paragraph essay or article the main idea is call a thesis. A thesis statement is generally written on one to two sentences.<br />
  6. 6. Writer’s Purpose<br />The writer’s purpose is the reason or intention that he/she is going to go through the trouble of writing:<br />To Please<br />Delight, entertain, amuse, give pleasure, describe<br />To Instruct<br />Teach, show, inform, examine, analyze<br />To Persuade<br />Convince, influence, argue, recommend<br />

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