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Author's Purpose

Mini Lesson reviewing Author's Purpose

Kathryn Brown

on 7 June 2010

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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. Author's Purpose tells us the reason the author wrote the selection. 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. 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 write to persuade, inform, or entertain. Persuade Inform Entertain means to do something for enjoyment, fun or amusement. means to convince someone to do or believe something. means to provide information. The lawyer tries to persuade the jury to believe her. Cartoons are written for entertainment. Commercials try to persuade you to do many things: vote, buy, visit. Can you think of something you have read that was written to entertain? Newspapers are mostly written to inform. Some parts of newspapers also persuade and entertain. Let's Try It! 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. 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. 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! Can you determine the author's purpose of this flyer? Life found on Mars. Scientists discover new forms of life that once lived on Mars. The Secret of the Mysterious Pendant A Laugh a Minute America's Best Educational Software 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. Examples of informative texts include: cookbooks, textbooks, and historical accounts Can you think of some examples of texts written to inform? Examples of entertaining texts include: plays, poems, stories, even jokes. Examples of persuasive texts include: commercials, advertisements, and editiorials. Sometimes text have more than one purpose. What is the purpose of the writting 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? Write E for Entertain, I for Inform, or P for Persuade Define Author's Purpose? What does it mean?
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