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Author’s Purpose Worksheets

Author’s Purpose Worksheet – Read the descriptions of the texts and determine whether the author’s purpose was to inform, persuade, or entertain. Students should explain their answers.
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Author’s Purpose Worksheet 2 – Additional practice with author’s purpose. Students read descriptions of texts and identify the author’s purpose based on clues.
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Author’s Purpose Worksheet 3 – Thirteen problems to help your students better understand the author’s purpose in a variety of texts.  From comic books to directions to the mall, this activity sheet will get your students thinking.
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Author’s Purpose Worksheet 4 – Ten more author’s purpose problems. Students consider the author’s purpose in a variety of texts and explain their answers.
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Author’s Purpose Worksheet 5 – Are you looking for additional practice with author’s purpose? This worksheet has ten more practice problems.
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Author’s Purpose Worksheet 6 – This worksheet has eleven additional practice problems about author’s purpose. Students read the descriptions of the texts and determine whether the authors is attempting to entertain, inform, or persuade readers.
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Author’s Purpose Scavenger Hunt – Students find texts written to inform, persuade, and entertain in their text books. Activity sheets will work with your text books too.
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Author’s Purpose Lesson – Slide show presentation on author’s purpose and modes of writing. Includes a 10 questions review activity after the lesson.
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Author’s Purpose Lesson 2 – I revised my original presentation to make what I believe is an improved version. This slide show also contains ten practice problems after the lesson.
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Author’s Purpose Lesson 3 – Here is yet another PowerPoint presentation teaching author’s purpose. This one is concise and well-designed. It includes ten new practice problems after the lesson.
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Author’s Purpose Quiz – Fifteen questions testing students’ ability to identify the author’s purpose in a variety of texts.
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Author’s Purpose Quiz 2 – Here are fifteen more multiple choice problems about author’s purpose. Students read a description of a text and determine whether it was written to entertain, inform, or persuade the reader.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Author’s Purpose

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 – Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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Reading: Informational Text Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 – Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.

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  14. Morton / September 22, 2011
    I’m sorry.
    But none currently exists.

    Oh wait:

    1. entertain
    2. inform
    3. entertain
    4. inform
    5. persuade (Isiah Thomas actually came to our school. This is a reference to that visit. It was pretty cool.)
    6. inform
    7. inform
    8. entertain
    9. persuade
    10. inform
    11. persuade/inform (both can be argued. Read their arguments.)
    12. entertain
    13. persuade/inform (both can be argued. Read their arguments.)

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