Author’s Purpose Objective: Define Author’s Purpose and Identify the Author’s Purpose in a given text.
What is Author’s Purpose? It is the reason why an author writes a story We all have reasons why we do the things we do. Authors write to inform, persuade, entertain, or describe situations to their readers.
Writing to Inform- When author’s write to inform, they write about a topic in which they want the reader to learn information. Examples: Volcanoes, Spiders, Let’s Go Rocking and Rolling
Writing to Inform- There are many creatures that live in the sea. Some fish live in shallow water and some live in the deepest part of the sea. These fish come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Today, many new creatures are still being discovered. What is the author informing you about?
Writing to Persuade- When author’s write to persuade, they want to make you agree with them about a certain topic. Example: Magazines, Letters, Newspapers, commercials, etc.
Writing to Persuade- Brushy brooms are the best you can buy! Everyone must have one in their homes. Whether you are sweeping indoors or outdoors, you will do a better job with a Brushy broom! What is the author trying to persuade you to do?
Writing to Describe- When author’s write to describe, they talk about the way an object looks, tastes, smells, feels, or what it does.
Writing to Describe- Chocolate cake is usually eaten for dessert. It is dark brown with chocolate icing. On the inside it is very moist and flaky. It is also tasty and sweet. What is the author describing in the story?
Writing to Entertain- When author’s write to entertain, they write stories to make you laugh, cry, or to enjoy. Examples: Spiderman, Cheetah Girls, Movies
Writing to Entertain- Sally bought some apples from a farmer down the road. from a farmer down the road. She took some home for dinner She took some home for dinner for her and her pet toad. for her and her pet toad. How is the author trying to entertain you?
A $5,897,321 Question!!! What is the Author’s Purpose for writing the following story? Every child should be able to watch 10 hours of TV each day. One can learn a lot from the educational programs that are on. One can also enjoy a lot of great movies too. Ask your parents today.
And the Answer is? The author is writing to persuade you to ask your parents if you can watch 10 hours of TV each day.