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Author’s Purpose Worksheets

The author’s purpose is his or her reason for writing a text, paragraph, or line. There are many reasons why people write paragraphs or lines, but when we look at why people write texts, there are three main reasons. These are to entertain, persuade, and inform. Examples of text written to entertain include stories, poems, and dramas. Examples of texts written to persuade include essays and ads. And examples of texts written to inform include encyclopedia entries and text books.

It’s important to note that the study of author’s purpose is not so much a science as it is an art. In other words, the author’s purpose can be to inform and persuade in some cases, or to entertain and inform. In the following worksheets I have tried to include only clear examples. You may want to discuss the more ambiguous ones in your classroom, however. It may make for a great discussion. Click here for to learn more about author’s purpose and watch an informational video.



Author's Purpose Worksheet 2
Here's another effective activity to give students lots of practice with finding the author's purpose. Students read the descriptions of the texts and determine whether the author's purpose is to inform, persuade, or entertain. Then they explain their answers.
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Author's Purpose Worksheet 3
Here are thirteen more problems to give students practice identifying the author's purpose in a variety of texts. The texts range from comic books to directions to the mall, so this activity sheet will get your students thinking. There is also an online version available.
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Author's Purpose Worksheet 4
Here are ten more author's purpose problems. Students consider the author's purpose in a variety of texts and explain their answers, adding an element of critical thinking to this reading activity.
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Author's Purpose Worksheet 5
Are you still looking for practice with identifying the author's purpose in a variety of texts? Look no further. Here are ten more practice problems. Students are also required to think about and explain their answers.
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Author's Purpose Worksheet 6
This author's purpose worksheet has eleven additional practice problems. Students read the descriptions of the texts and determine whether the author is attempting to entertain, inform, or persuade readers. Then, they explain their answers.
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Author's Purpose Scavenger Hunt Activity
Here's a fun activity to get students moving and give them practice with identifying the author's purpose. Students search through a library of books to find examples of books written to entertain, inform, and persuade. This will give students practice with finding the author's purpose in real texts.
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Author's Purpose PowerPoint Lesson 1
Want to teach or learn about finding the author's purpose? Here is an animated slideshow presentation. It includes 10 review questions after the lesson.
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Author's Purpose PowerPoint Lesson 2
Here is another PowerPoint slideshow on Author's Purpose. This one is a revised and improved version of my first Author's Purpose lesson.
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Author's Purpose PowerPoint Lesson 3
Here is yet another PowerPoint presentation teaching author's purpose. This one is concise and well-designed. I recommend using this author's purpose lesson for teaching your students. It also includes ten new practice problems after the lesson not found in the other lessons.
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Author's Purpose Quiz 1
Want to evaluate how well your students understand author's purpose? Check out this author's purpose quiz. It has fifteen multiple-choice questions. Students must recognize the author's purpose in a variety of texts.
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Author's Purpose Quiz 2
Looking for another quiz on author's purpose? Here are fifteen more multiple-choice problems. 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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