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Identify the author's purpose of each piece.  Then, support your answer with evidence from the piece.  Remember, identifying the author's purpose helps you comprehend while you read.  Read each piece and choose the author's purpose.  In each piece below, is the author trying to inform/teach, entertain, or persuade/convince his or her audience? What information from the text helped you choose?

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Jim was unable to get to sleep.  When he went to bed he cried.  Tomorrow is his birthday party and it is going to be ruined. How can we go sledding with no snow? The next morning, when Jim got out of bed and ran to the window, he shouted with glee, "The snow has fallen and we can go sledding!"  Jim was happy because now he can have his birthday sledding party.

The author wrote this to:
inform/teach
entertain
persuade/convince

  Why do you think this?

 

 

 

Everyone should have a pet.  Pets are very loving and affectionate.  They help children learn responsibility.  Pets give you unconditional love.  Having a pet is a wonderful experience.

       

The author wrote this to:
inform/teach
entertain
persuade/convince

Why do you think this? 

What is bigger when new and grows smaller with use?

Answer: Soap (or a pencil, crayon, chalk, etc.)
                

Name three keys that unlock no doors.

Answer: monKEY, donKEY, turKEY

The author wrote this to:
entertain
persuade/convince
inform/teach

 

Why do you think this?

 

There are three lights on a traffic light.  The top light is red and that means stop.  The middle light is yellow and that means caution.  The bottom light is green and that means go.

                 

The author wrote this to:
persuade/convince
inform/teach
entertain

Why do you think this?

 

If you want to become a better reader you need to read often.  Research supports that children need to read frequently to be able to read fluently and to be able read high frequency words. All students will benefit by reading at least 20 - 30 minutes per day.  Make it a point and read more often!

      

The author wrote this to:
entertain
persuade/convince
teach/inform

Why do you think this?

 

 

Having good manners means being polite and thoughtful to others.  Saying  a simple please and thank you are examples of good manners.  Holding a door open for someone is very polite.  Practicing good table manners is being thoughtful. Some good table manners would include placing your napkin on your lap, asking someone to please pass something you would like, and eating neatly.  Giving someone a sincere compliment and graciously accepting a compliment by saying thank you are more ways to show good manners. Using good manners is a way to show respect for others and an example of The Golden Rule!

 

The author wrote this to:

teach/inform

entertain

persuade/convince

Why do you think this?

 

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