What is Author’s Purpose?



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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-

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-

Writing to Entertain-

  • Sally bought some apples
  • from a farmer down the road.
  • She took some home for dinner
  • 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.


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