Author’s Purpose


ELAR-Grade-6 Author's Craft Author’s Purpose
Students review the meaning of author’s purpose as to persuade, to inform, and to entertain. They read various texts to identify the author’s purpose in writing each. Then, they identify text features and how an author uses them to help readers better understand a text. Finally, they evaluate a persuasive text: its purpose, its meaning, and its use of strong language.

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Overview

In this experience, students review the meaning of author’s purpose as to persuade, to inform, and to entertain. They read various texts to identify the author’s purpose in writing each. Then, they identify text features and how an author uses them to help readers better understand a text. Finally, they evaluate a persuasive text: its purpose, its meaning, and its use of strong language.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 4.

Objectives

  • Explain the author's purpose and message.
  • Analyze how the author uses text features to achieve purpose.

Duration

Two class periods.

Vocabulary Words Used in This Experience

“Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes”

  • venting: giving expression to, showing
  • epic: grand, big
  • irrationally: not based on reason
  • unfaithful: not true, not loyal
  • mistresses: girlfriends

“Layla’s Speech”

  • discriminating: treating people unfairly


furniture floating in a room

The photograph above probably got your attention right away. 


What was the first thing that you noticed? In a word or short phrase, share what caught your attention. To post more than one item, separate them with commas, like this: plate, cup

Post your answer

Answers will vary. Possible answers: floating, sofa, chair


Authors of text want to grab their readers’ attention in the same way. There is a famous saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but so often people do. You may read the title of the book and decide if it is something want to read. When you look through a book, research information, or read an article, you might look for words, photographs, diagrams, or illustrations that will give you clues about what you are going to read. Authors add these features to get the readers’ attention and to help the reader understand the purpose of the text. In this experience, you will identify different authors’ purposes and the features they add to their texts to aid the reader.

Objectives

  • Explain the author's purpose and message.
  • Analyze how the author uses text features to achieve purpose.


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