It's test timeagain and you've just finished reading the first paragraph in the test booklet and are preparing to answer the questions. The first question? Piece of cake! It's a context clue. The second question? No problem! The answer's right there. The third one is a little harder - it's an inference question, but you still figure it out.
Whoa! What's this? Which of the following was the author's purpose in writing this? "To torture children who have to take these tests," you think grumpily, but that answer is not one of your choices...
Authors' purpose questions are another way of saying, "Why did the author write this anyhow, or what was the reason this piece was written?"
How do I find
There are many purposes
for an author's writing.
Important reasons for author's to write:
THE AUTHOR TELLS A STORY THAT DESCRIBES
SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IN AN INTERESTING WAY!
The author will explain or teach something in the story that the reader doesn‚Äôt know. The author provides knowledge to the reader.
The author tries to change our opinion on a topic by appealing to our emotions.
dark, shadowy figures
Authors often describeto support other
purposes in writing. They use it to create
a character, set a mood or envision a scene.
hot and arid
Did the author give me facts? Inform
Did the author try to teach me something? Inform
Did the author try to convince me? Persuade
Did the author want to change my opinion? Persuade
Knowing the Author's Purpose
Read to Know!