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Author's Purpose

9/17/2013
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K. Hendrickson

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Author's Purpose

To inform
Author's Purpose
Today's Schedule
Hand in My Readings #1
Any questions? Concerns?
We will define the author's purpose and audience
looking back at our class readings
We will read "The Wet Drug" by Pete Hamill pg. 27 & summarize
Welcome!
Author's Purpose
Why and how the author writes their text.

There are three different reasons for an author to write:
1. to entertain
2. to persuade
3. to inform

BEFORE writing, the author must determine a reason for writing.
To Entertain
When you read a book that is meant to entertain, you are reading for enjoyment. The author is telling you a story to make you feel a certain way.

Literature that is made to entertain:
- comics
- magazines
- plays
- movies
- poems
- fairytales/fantasies
- fiction novels
- magic

To persuade
The author makes you change the way you think as you read. The author is trying to get you to believe a certain way (what he/she is saying).

You may find persuasive writing in the following:
- brochure
- reviews
- flyers
- billboards
- infomercials
- brochure
- biographies
- commercials
- play bill
- this class?
The author is giving facts or information and you are learning while you are reading.

Where will you find informative writing?
- advertisements (coupons)
- encyclopedia
- newspaper
- dictionary
- newsletter
- map
- non-fiction books
- thesaurus
- this class?
Examples
" I seem to remember telling you both that I would have to expel you if you broke any more school rules,' said Dumbledore. Ron opened his mouth in horror. 'Which goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words,' Dumbledore went on, smiling. " HP
“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fightin' with your head for a change." -TKAMB
Examples
"Be yourself and I promise people will will enjoy it; & if they don't, forget them." MD
Why should I give you what I have in my bag?
Examples
About FLCC
Finger Lakes Community College was established in 1965 and opened for instruction in 1967. Set on a 250-acre, park-like campus, the College is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is a public, open access institution dedicated to providing a quality education in a student-centered environment.
Imagine a fish popped its head out of the water bowl and said something. What would you do?
You can choose to put one item in a time capsule today. What would you choose and why?
Looking Back
Looking back on our readings thus far, determine the author's purpose AND who the intended audience was for each piece of material:
"To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test"
"Human Resources: The Seven Classic Types of Workplace Behavior"
"New Teachers' Contract Would Increase Class Time for City Students"
"State Leaders Reach Deal to Raise Minimum Wage"

Discuss with the people around you.
Determining the authors purpose in commercials
Homework
Next Class
My Readings #2
Don't forget to add your citation (reference)
What is the authors purpose? Who is the intended audience?
What are your thoughts and/or reactions?
We will discuss Tone, Point of View, and Audience
My Readings #2 is due!
Make sure you see me if you have any questions or concerns!
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