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Author s purpose

Authors Purpose

Ms. Christoph

ESE~Intensive Reading


This week

This week

We will be working on:

  • Authors Purpose

  • Point of View

  • Persuasive Appeal

  • Tone


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Authors Purpose

There are a variety of reasons authors choose to write,

this is called the authors purpose. The FCAT tends to

deal with four main purposes for writing.

  • To inform when an author wishes to simply convey information to an audience

  • To persuade when an author wishes to make an audience feel a certain way about a topic,

  • To describe when an author wishes to convey a picture or feeling to an audience, or

  • To entertain when an author wishes to simply entertain an audience.


Author s purpose

  • most authors writing science, educational, or journal articles are writing to inform.

  • most authors writing newspaper or magazine articles are writing to persuade.

  • most authors writing poetry are writing to describe.

  • most authors writing fiction are writing to entertain.


Along with the four main purposes for writing there are four types of writing

Along with the four main purposes for writing, there are four types of writing:

  • Narrative in this type of writing the author wishes to tell a story,

  • Descriptive in this type of writing the author wishes to describe something or convey a mood, Expository in this type of writing the author wishes to inform an audience, and

  • Persuasive in this type of writing the author wishes to express an opinion and convince readers to share that opinion.


Author s purpose

In order to determine what an authors purpose in writing is, the reader should ask questions after reading, such as:


Author s purpose

  • Does the author want the reader to do something or believe something? If the answer is yes, the authors purpose is most likely to persuade (persuasive writing).

  • Political commercials are a good example of this type of writing.

  • Look for opinion words.. I think , I feel, I believe.


Author s purpose

  • Is the author giving the reader mostly unbiased information for knowledge or information? If the answer is yes, the authors purpose is most likely to inform (expository writing).

  • A science textbook is a good example of this type of writing.


Author s purpose

  • Is the author trying to paint a picture for the reader or make the reader understand a feeling? If the answer is yes, the authors purpose is most likely to describe something or convey a mood (descriptive writing).

  • One example of this type of writing is a restaurant review.


Author s purpose

  • Is the author telling a story not teach anything but so that the reader can enjoy the story? If the answer is yes, the authors purpose is most likely to entertain (narrative writing).

  • One example of narrative writing is the short story.


How do you do this

How do you do this?

  • Try to look for the main idea to help you determine the authors purpose.


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