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Author's Purpose

Mini Lesson reviewing Author's Purpose
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Author's Purpose
Someone that creates written work
Why you do something.
Your aim or goal.
What you want to happen.
Now that we know what Author's Purpose means lets take a look at some written work and see if we can determine the reason why the author wrote it.

Record your answers in your notebooks under the "Reading Response" section, p. 32. Title the page "Author's Purpose Practice". Don't forget to put it in your Table of Contents, too!
Question 1:
In Tarpon Springs, Florida there are people who work underwater. These people are called sponge divers. The kind of treasure they look for is called sponges. Sponge diving is not an easy job. The diver has to breathe under the water, and be careful of extreme water pressure.
Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform?
How do you know?
Persuade
Inform
Entertain
to do something for enjoyment, fun or amusement.
to convince someone to do or believe something
to provide facts and information about a subject
(
NO
opinions)
The lawyer tries to persuade the jury to believe her.
Cartoons are written for entertainment.
Can you think of something that was created to entertain?
Stories like "Hunger Games," & "Percy Jackson," for example?

What about movies like "Iron Man," and TV shows like "American Idol?" Take a look:
Newspapers are mostly written to inform. Think about the video we just watched. The footage and news anchor were informative. They shared just the facts and left out personal opinions.
Let's Try It!
Question 2:
Abraham Lincoln's birthday is on February 12th. He is considered to be one of the greatest presidents of the United States of America. He was our 16th president. He is remembered for freeing slaves.
Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform?
How do you know?
Question 3:
Katina and her brother were playing with the water hose one day. Jess was hiding from Katina so she wouldn't squirt him with the water. The back door opened and Katina pointed the hose towards the door, thinking it was Jess. Then she realized it was mom and she was dripping wet.
Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform?
How do you know?

Question 4:
The Slim-O-Matic will cause you to lose pounds and inches from your body in just one month. This amazing machine helps you to exercise your body correctly. It also includes an easy to use video that will show you the right way to exercise. Simply send $75.99 and begin losing weight the Slim-O-Matic way today!
Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform?
How do you know?

Can you determine the author's purpose of this flyer?
Question 8:
Life found on Mars. Scientists discover new forms of life that once lived on Mars.

Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform? How do you know?
Question 5:
The Secret of the Mysterious Pendant

Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform? How do you know?

Question 7:
A Laugh a Minute

Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform? How do you know?
Question 6:
America's Best Educational Software

Author's Purpose? Persuade, Entertain, or Inform? How do you know?
A title can often set the tone of the passage. Reading newspaper headings is one way to practice determining the author's purpose. Read the following headlines and then select the purpose for the passage.
Other examples of informative texts include: cookbooks, textbooks, biographies, anything nonfiction
Can you think of some examples of texts written to inform?
Examples of entertaining texts include: plays, poems, fiction stories, graphic novels, etc.
Sometimes texts have more than one purpose. What is the purpose of the writing on this container?
Remember: Author's purpose is the reason why the Author wrote the selection. Authors write to persuade, inform, and entertain.
QUICK QUIZ
What is the purpose of the following selections? Raise your hand to answer. *Remember, it's rude to call out an answer and to talk over another person.*
Author's Purpose tells us the reason the author wrote the selection.
The author's purpose may be to persuade, entertain, or inform the audience.
Sometimes the creator of a work has more than one purpose in mind.
Can you think of any stories or shows that have more than one author's purpose?

Can you think of an author's intention that would include something other than these three categories?
How could we survive without Zorbees? Were you persuaded to buy Zorbees?
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Commercials try to persuade you to do many things: vote, buy, visit...

Take a look.
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