Author's Purpose and Modes of Writing | Common Core Reading Skills Video



author's purpose reasons for writing there are three main purposes by people write to entertain to inform and to persuade each text that you will encounter will serve one of these purposes so whether it is a stop sign a road map a menu for a restaurant or an advertisement or a text that you'll study in class each text will serve one of these purposes as its primary goal and there can be some crossover between this when we study the author's purpose that isn't exactly a an exact discipline like mathematics but if you follow these general guidelines you should be able to identify the author's purpose in a majority of the text you will encounter writing to entertain the main purpose of writing to entertain is to amuse readers this does not necessarily mean that the text will be humorous it could be sad like a tragedy but nonetheless the primary purpose is as a diversion for readers readers read them for enjoyment some examples would include stories poems and plays now you may learn something from a story you may find it's message to be persuasive or informative but nonetheless know that the main purpose of any text that is a story poem or play is to entertain writing to inform with writing to inform the main purpose is to enlighten the reader to give them insight or information on a topic some examples might include expository essays nonfiction texts instructions or directions with informational writing you may find it entertaining but remember that the main purpose is to inform so for example if I'm reading a text about ninjas and I'm learning about sharks or robots I may find this information to be very interesting to me I may be thoroughly enjoying reading it but nonetheless the main purpose of the author is to inform or provide information about the subject to readers writing to persuade with writing to persuade the main purposes to convince the reader to do something or to reaffirm their existing beliefs some examples of writing to persuade would be persuasive essays persuasive speech is persuasive letters or notes such as a note that a child might leave to their parent asking for a puppy or even an advertisement with persuasive writing the writer is attempting to change the readers mind or or get them to do something but this does not necessarily mean that the text may not be entertaining or informative for example a lot of advertisements on television are highly informative or entertaining people watch these commercials on YouTube and other various media sharing sites but nonetheless the the main purpose of these is to persuade you of these advertisements to persuade you to purchase a product or service so entertainment is a factor but the main purpose is to persuade the same thing with like an essay perhaps I'm writing why the capital punishment should not be used in my state the state of Illinois I might draw a reference to the information that more than half of the inmates on death row over the last 20 years were found to be not guilty through DNA testing so this may be enlightening information for the reader but nonetheless the main purpose of the essay is to persuade so that's reading to persuade here are some tips to identify the author's purpose I'm going to give you three questions you can ask yourself that will help you identify the author's purpose in most text you want counter first this is a text of kome story or play if it is a poem story or play then we know that the author's main purpose is to entertain if it's not we go to the next question does the text mainly give facts and information if yes we know that the author's purpose is to inform if no we go to the next question does the text make arguments if yes the text makes arguments then we know that it is to the author's main purpose is to persuade if not we should probably start over at number one and begin to reanalyze a text see if we miss something

11 thoughts on “Author's Purpose and Modes of Writing | Common Core Reading Skills Video

  1. So when my teacher says what is the authors purpose, do i say to entertain, to inform or to persuasive?

  2. Are you willing to share your powerpoint? It would make a great Prezi…I would love to use it in my class.

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