Author’s Purpose Authors write for many reasons… Cohen 1/11/11
To entertain… Entertain means to amuse or excite someone through writing. fictional stories comics poems jokes riddles Cohen 1/11/11
To inform… Inform means to give someone information about something. news reports, research papers encyclopedias, maps school newsletters, instructions timelines, schedules charts, graphs Cohen 1/11/11
To influence/persuade… Persuade means to try to convince someone to think the same way you do. ads / junk mail newspaper editorials political speeches posters Cohen 1/11/11
To express an opinion or emotion… Express your opinion means to tell the reader what you are thinking. journals diaries letters letters to the editor Cohen 1/11/11
Practice 1.Number your paper 1-10. 2.I will describe a piece of writing. 3.You will write the author’s purpose: to inform, persuade, entertain, or express.
1. The story of a teenage boy learning to understand and live with his father, who is an alcoholic Vietnam war veteran.
2. A list of the 25 richest athletes in the world.
3. An article arguing why Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever.