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Why is the author writing?. What is the author’s purpose?. Every author is writing for a reason. You, the reader, must determine why the author is writing that selection. Generally, an author is writing a selected piece for one of three reasons: To inform To entertain To persuade.

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Why is the author writing

Why is the author writing?

What is the author’s purpose?


Every author is writing for a reason. You, the reader, must determine why the author is writing that selection.

Generally, an author is writing a selected piece for one of three reasons:

To inform

To entertain

To persuade


To inform
To Inform must determine why the author is writing that selection.

The author’s goal when writing to inform is to provide facts

and information about a particular subject. There are very few opinions expressed in informational texts. The facts in an informational passage are not used to persuade but used to teach.

Examples of informative texts include:

cookbooks, textbooks, and historical accounts.


Example
Example must determine why the author is writing that selection.

The Underground Railroad was a secret

organization which helped slaves

escape to freedom. Many slaves

were able to escape because of the

conductors and station masters.

The northern states were free states and

slaves were free once they

arrived in the north. Secret codes and signals

were used to identify the

conductors and station masters.


To entertain
To Entertain must determine why the author is writing that selection.

When the author is writing to entertain,

she/he may be writing to

tell a story or to describe characters,

settings, or events (real or imaginary).

Examples of entertaining texts include:

plays, poems, stories, jokes, or even comic strips.


EXAMPLE must determine why the author is writing that selection.

Forever Friendsyou're my friend and that is true,but the gift was given from me to you.we went thru moments that were good and bad,even moments that were happy and sad.you supported me when i was in tears,we stuck together when we were in fear,its really sad that it had to be this way,but it has reached its very last day.miles away cant keep us apart,'cause you'll always be in my heart.

Make new friendsBut keep the oldOne is sliver and the other gold !

How did the farmer fix his jeans ?

With a cabbage patch !


To persuade
To Persuade must determine why the author is writing that selection.

The goal of the writer when writing to persuade is

to get the reader to agree with the writer's opinion.

Although supported by facts and examples,

it is only to support his/ her opinion.

Examples of persuasive texts include:

commercials, advertisements, and editorials.


Examples must determine why the author is writing that selection.

The Slim-O-Matic will cause you to

loose pounds and inches from your

body in one month. This amazing

machine helps you to exercise correctly

and provides an easy video to show you

the proper way to exercise. Send

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