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Author's Purpose

Persuade, Inform, Entertain

Maghen Brixius

on 9 May 2018

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When an author writes to persuade, they write to get you to do something.
When an author writes to entertain, they write works of fiction.
When an author writes to inform, they write facts (true information).
Author's Purpose: Easy as...
QW: What were the creators of this commercial trying to get you to do? What techniques or tools did they use to try and persuade you?
QW: What were the writers of this TV show trying to inform you about? How can you tell?
QW: What was entertaining about this video clip? How can you tell that the purpose was simply to entertain?
Can an author have more than one purpose?
Now let's practice with literature:

Guinness Book of World Records Entry:

The largest pumpkin pie ever made weighs 1,678 kg (3,699 lb) and was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers (USA) at New Bremen Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, on the 25th of September 2010.

The diameter of the pie was 6 m (20 ft). The crust was made of 440 sheets of dough and the other ingredients were canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Persuade, inform, or entertain? How can you tell?
QUIZ: Now let's practice with literature!

In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl
Here's what they sing

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie, that's amore
When the world seems to shine
Like you've had too much wine, that's amore

Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling
Ting-a-ling-a-ling and you'll sing, "Vita bella"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay
Tippy-tippy-tay like a tarantella

When the stars make you drool
Just like a pasta fazool, that's amore
When you dance down the street
With a cloud at your feet, you're in love

When you walk in a dream
But you know, you're not dreaming signore
Scuzza me, but you see
Back in old Napoli, that's amore

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie, that's amore
That's amore
When the world seems to shine
Like you've had too much wine, that's amore
That's amore - Dean Martin

2 cups white sugar, 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 can evaporated milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 eggs, 1/4 cup butter, 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie, 1/4 cup white sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a saucepan, whisk together 2 cups sugar, cocoa and flour. Blend in evaporated milk and vanilla. Beat egg yolks, and stir into pan. Add the butter or margarine. Heat, stirring constantly just until butter is melted. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until pie is not "wobbly" when shaken.
4. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating constantly, until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue on pie.
5. Return pie to oven, and bake until meringue is golden.

Magazine Article in "Food & Wine"

The Best Pies in America are made in Ann Arbor, MI. Run by cousins of chef Grant Achatz, the Achatz Handmade Pie Company in Ann Arbor uses over a million pounds of Michigan fruit each year in pies like Four-Berry and Caramel Nut Apple (Dutch apple with a half-pound of mixed nuts plus caramel poured on top). The owners opened their eighth Michigan bakery this November in Ann Arbor and also sell pies online. achatzpies.com. Go there right now!
Can an author have more than one purpose in creating? YES! And it's more fun when they do!

For example, let's watch the commercial below, and you tell me, what 2 purposes are present.
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