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1 Three Reasons for Writing

2 Write 3 sentences… To give me information about making a pie. I’ve never made anything in the kitchen, so I’ll need detailed instructions.

3 Write 3 sentences… To argue that blueberry pie is the best pie in the world. Try to convince me that it beats all other types of pie.

4 Write 3 sentences… To tell a story about a person named Pat. This person can be a man or a woman. The story must involve pie.

5 Writing to Inform Informative writing shows or explains facts. Examples: Biography of Barack Obama News report about a shooting Note to a friend Essay about “killer bees” Speed Limit rules clip

6 Writing to Persuade Persuasive writing tries to influence or convince the reader, so it usually makes an argument. Examples: Political speeches Advertisements An essay urging readers to recycle Car commercial

7 Writing to Entertain Writing for entertainment means there is a story or a poem involved. Examples: Harry Potter books Poems about love Narrative essay about the big game Script for a TV show Finding Nemo Clip

8 Is it a story, poem, or drama (script)? Entertain Yes No Does the text make arguments? Inform Persuade YesNo Does the text give facts? YesNo Start Over

9 Review Informative writing provides facts and general information about a topic. Persuasive writing expresses an opinion or argument (may use facts to support). Writing for entertainment means there must be a story or a poem involved.

10 Practice 1.I will describe a piece of writing. Think about each author’s purpose. 2.You will write the author’s purpose on your white board: to inform, persuade, or entertain.

11 1 The story of a teenage boy learning to understand and live with his father, who is a Vietnam war veteran.

12 2 A list of the 25 richest athletes in the world.

13 3 An article arguing why Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever.

14 4 An “X-men” comic book.

15 5 The story about a young woman with low self-esteem learning to accept herself.

16 6 A National Geographic article about the eating and breeding habits of the endangered bald eagle.

17 7 A website saying that a new shopping mall should not be built because it threatens an endangered bald eagle’s home. The website also lists other reasons why the mall should not be built.

18 8 A poem about bald eagles.

19 9 A magazine ad telling you to buy Nike Hyperdunk shoes because you’ll jump higher.

20 10 A sign saying, “Rest Stop Five Miles Ahead.”

21 Answers 1. Entertain 2. Inform 3. Persuade 4. Entertain 5. Entertain 6. Inform 7. Persuade 8. Entertain 9. Persuade 10. Inform

22 Partner Practice Sort each of these forms of writing into the correct column.

23 Why does this lesson matter? –As an audience member, it is useful to understand the intentions and motives behind the message. –What made him/her write this thing? –If it was to inform, you can take the facts and use them however you want. –If it was to persuade, you should look carefully at the material before making a decision based on it. –If it was to entertain, you can enjoy or dismiss it.

24 Author’s Purpose Practice Exercises


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