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Author's Purpose

Take a journey and learn all about Author's purpose! Designed for Middle School.
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Colleen Bergin

on 6 January 2013

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Transcript of Author's Purpose

Don't know? Well, you're about to find out!
Let's get started! Authors write for multiple
main reasons! Click on the link to watch the video to find out the types of author's purposes.
Now can you tell me what types of author's purpose there are?
Write it down on your worksheet so you don't forget! To learn more about the reasons why authors write, click on the links below! http://www.fcatexplorer.com/media/parent/tiplister/flash/tip210a.swf Tells us WHY the author wrote the selection. http://www.gamequarium.org/cgi-bin/search/linfo.cgi?id=4252 Now you will learn more
about each type of purpose!
Continue on the journey! http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-reading-worksheets/authors-purpose-worksheets/authors-purpose/ Now that you have learned all about author's purpose, let's practice identifying author's purpose! Click on the links below to practice! What is Author's Purpose? Author's Purpose http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/match/term/matchgeneric2.asp?filename=kderitteauth http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/match/term/matchgeneric2.asp?filename=kderitteauth http://www.thatquiz.org/tq/practicetest?TUAG7034 To determine what purpose the author has, we must ask ourselves... 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? (Inform)
Did the author try to teach me something? (Inform)
Did the author try to convince me? (Persuade)
Did the author want to change my opinion? (Persuade)
Is the author painting a picture of something or someone in my head? (describe)
Did the author describe something? (describe)
Does the author use emotional words? (describe)


Now that we've learned about author's purpose and practice identifying them, let's come up with our own examples! An example of informing is: a news article telling me all about panda bears. Above is an example. You must come up with your own examples and mark them on your worksheet. It can be a movie, article or book you read. Use your thinking caps! What is the Author’s Purpose for writing the following story?

Every child should be able to watch 10 hours of TV each day. One can learn a lot from the educational programs that are on. One can also enjoy a lot of great movies too. Ask your parents today. A $5,897,321 Question!!! Chocolate cake is usually eaten for dessert. It is dark brown with chocolate icing. On the inside it is very moist and flaky. It is also tasty and sweet.


What is the author describing in the story? Writing to Describe- When author’s write to persuade, they want to make you agree with them about a certain topic.

Example: Magazines, Letters, Newspapers, commercials, etc. Writing to Persuade- There are many creatures that live in the sea. Some fish live in shallow water and some live in the deepest part of the sea. These fish come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Today, many new creatures are still being discovered.

What is the author informing you about? Writing to Inform- Author’s Purpose The author is writing to persuade you to ask your parents if you can watch 10 hours of TV each day. And the Answer is? Sally bought some apples
from a farmer down the road.
She took some home for dinner
for her and her pet toad.


How is the author trying to entertain you? Writing to Entertain- Brushy brooms are the best you can buy! Everyone must have one in their homes. Whether you are sweeping indoors or outdoors, you will do a better job with a Brushy broom!

What is the author trying to persuade you to do? Writing to Persuade- When author’s write to inform, they write about a topic in which they want the reader to learn information.

Examples: Volcanoes, Spiders, Let’s Go Rocking and Rolling Writing to Inform- It is the reason why an author writes a story

We all have reasons why we do the things we do.

Authors write to inform, persuade, entertain, or describe situations to their readers. What is Author’s Purpose? When author’s write to entertain, they write stories to make you laugh, cry, or to enjoy.

Examples: Spiderman, Cheetah Girls, Movies Writing to Entertain- When author’s write to describe, they talk about the way an object looks, tastes, smells, feels, or what it does. Writing to Describe-
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