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Author ’ s Purpose. Reasons for Writing. Three Main Purposes. To Persuade To Inform To Entertain Every text serves one of these purposes. Writing to Persuade. The MAIN purpose is to convince the reader. Examples Persuasive Essays Persuasive Speeches Persuasive Letters or notes

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author s purpose

Author’sPurpose

Reasons for Writing

three main purposes
Three Main Purposes
  • To Persuade
  • To Inform
  • To Entertain

Every text serves one of these purposes.

writing to persuade
Writing to Persuade

The MAIN purpose is to convince the reader.

Examples

Persuasive Essays

Persuasive Speeches

Persuasive Letters or notes

Persuasive writing attempts to change the reader’s mind or get them to do something.

writing to inform
Writing to Inform

The MAIN purpose is to enlighten the reader.

Examples

Expository essays

Nonfiction texts

Instructions or directions

Informational writing may be entertaining, but the MAIN purpose is to inform.

writing to entertain
Writing to Entertain

The MAIN purpose is to amuse readers.

Examples

  • Stories
  • Poems
  • Plays

You may learn something from a story, but the MAIN purpose is to entertain.

identifying the author s purpose
Identifying the Author’s Purpose
  • Does the text make arguments?(if “yes” = persuade; if “no” = start over)
  • Does the text mainly give facts and info?(if “yes” = inform; if “no” = go to next)
  • Is the text a poem, story, or play?(if “yes” = entertain; if “no” = go to next)
practice
Practice
  • On a separate sheet of paper, number one through ten.
  • I will describe a piece of writing.
  • You will write the author’s purpose: to, persuade, inform or entertain.
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A note written by a young girl asking her ex-boyfriend to forgive her.

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A recipe for making potato pancakes

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The lyrics to a Lil Wayne song

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The warnings on a bottle of Tylenol

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A mailing from the American Cancer Society asking for donations to help fight cancer

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The script for a popular television show about vampires

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A map and schedule of bus routes

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A poem about how the world’s fresh water supplies are polluted

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An advertisement in a magazine to get readers to buy a new video game

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A schedule of movies and the times that they show for a local theatre