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What is the author’s purpose? All authors have a reason, or purpose, for writing. The details and information that they present demonstrate their purpose.

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2 What is the author’s purpose? All authors have a reason, or purpose, for writing. The details and information that they present demonstrate their purpose. Ask yourself, “What does the author want me to learn or think as a result of reading or viewing their work?”

3 Four Main Purposes To persuade To entertain To inform To describe A piece of writing can have more than one purpose

4 Name the author’s purpose: A comic book A weather report An editorial article The sports section of the newspaper

5 Answer: To Entertain: Comic books are typically written to entertain.

6 Name the author’s purpose: A comic book A weather report An editorial article The sports section of the newspaper

7 Answer: Weather reports, like other sections of the news, intend to inform the audience.

8 Name the author’s purpose: A comic book A weather report An editorial article The sports section of the newspaper

9 Answer: In an editorial, the author writes an article to express his/her opinion on a subject. The author’s purpose in writing an editorial is to persuade the audience to agree with his/her opinion.

10 Name the author’s purpose A comic book A weather report An editorial article The sports section of the newspaper

11 Answer: The sports section of a newspaper can serve two purposes: to inform and to entertain.

12 What is the author’s purpose? A Tabloid Newspaper Writer

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14 What is the author’s purpose? A propaganda poster: “The Eternal Jew”

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16 Night by Elie Wiesel A memoir based on Wiesel’s experience during the Holocaust and having lost his faith in God and humanity. Elie Wiesel describes living in the ghetto, surviving the concentration camps, and finally being liberated. His purpose : to inform and to describe.


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