Message/Moral What is the author trying to say or teach you? Example: Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me Example: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Purpose Why did the writer write this story? What’s his reason for writing this story? What is the author trying to do with his writing? What impact is he trying to have on the world? Example: Supersize Me
Theme What idea or human issue does the writer repeat or focus on? Reoccurring idea or issue. Universal human issue Love, Family, Revolution, Utopia, human nature, hero’s quest, revenge, good v. evil, creation v. evolution, freedom of speech, etc.
Tone The feeling or attitude of the author Example: Michael Moore’s Capitalism Example: Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth
Bias/Perspective A point of view or attitude from the author that might affect the his/her writing (message, theme, focus) Example: Michael Moore’s Sicko Only One side of the story, debate, or discussion
Credibility What makes this person an expert? What makes this author worth listening to? Education? Experience? Research? Expert support?
Comprehension Check How is tone different from mood? How is message different from theme? How is message different from purpose?
Application Watch these clips and identify the author’s message, purpose, theme, tone, and bias. Be sure to have specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Bowling for Columbine Brief History of the USABrief History of the USA Wonderful World U.S. History Wonderful World U.S. History Moore interviews Charlton Heston Moore interviews Charlton Heston SuperSizeMe SuperSizeMe