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Main Idea vs. Author's Purpose
Transcript of Main Idea vs. Author's Purpose
"Why did the author write this?" Definition: The reason why the text (passage, article or book) was written. But sometimes, the PIE is much bigger! Keep in
Mind... Author's Purpose is not just in books or passages! When an author writes to persuade, he or she wants the reader to read, think or act a certain way. Author's also write to describe or explain how to do something. Recognizing the type of writing will help you determine the author's purpose Question Starters for Author's Purpose Why did the author write this passage?
What was the author’s purpose in writing this article, story or poem?
What idea BEST describes the author’s purpose in writing this article?
Why did the author structure this story, poem or passage this way?
Why did the author include...? The most important point the author wants to communicate to you. It is what the passage is mainly about; or the author's point about a topic. Main Idea Details Author's support the main idea with details. Details may be descriptions, facts, examples or statistics. Ask yourself: What is the overall message or argument being made by the author about the topic of this passage? What is the main idea of the passage?
Which statement best expresses the main idea of this passage?
What could be another title for this passage?
What is the main idea of the (first,last) paragraph?
What is the author's message in...? Main Idea Question Starters