the Author's Point of View
the author's point of view helps you comprehend what you are
reading. There are questions that you can ask yourself to
figure out why the author wrote the text. While reading a piece
you should be asking yourself, "Why did the author write this, or what was the reason this piece was written?"
Authors have reasons why they write a piece. Many authors write
to inform or
about something. Sometimes authors write for others to
or her piece.
Often authors' purpose of writing is to persuade
their audience to do or not do something.
the story below and try to identify the author's purpose. Is
the purpose of the story to inform
Or did the author write this piece for the audience to enjoy?
|Most people that
have pets, have a cat or a dog. People disagree all the time as to
which pet is best. Cats make the best pet! There are many
reasons why cats are the best pet. Cats are very independent.
If you go on vacation, you can leave extra food and water and have a
friend occasionally check on the cat. On the other hand, dogs
need to be kenneled, which costs a lot of money.
Watching a cat play with a string or ball is very entertaining. You
can sit back and enjoy the cat. However, a dog needs a person
to play with and usually won't play alone. On a cold winter's
night, there is nothing better than to have your cat snuggled up on
your lap purring contentedly. If you are trying to choose
between a dog or a cat for a pet, cats make the best pet!
|The author wrote this to...
The author wrote this to convince
the audience that cats make the best
pet, as stated in the last sentence. The evidence is the author
gives many reasons why cats make the best pet. His or her
purpose for writing this piece was not to inform
or entertain the audience but to persuade
the audience to choose a cat
as a pet.
the next story and try to identify the author's purpose. Did
the author write this story to inform/teach,
persuade/convince, or entertain
his or her audience?
Once there were three little pigs, I know
you've heard this story before. They set off into the
world to be independent and wanted to build a house for
themselves. As you know, the first pig built his home
out of straw,
which was blown down and he was eaten by the big
bad wolf. The second pig didn't learn from his brother,
and built his home out of twigs, which was blown down
and he too was eaten by that bad wolf. The third little
pig was smart and decided that she would take her time and
build a strong house out of brick. As the story goes,
that pig outsmarted the wolf and had a delicious wolf stew for
dinner. It took a female to prevail!
wrote this to...
The author wrote this to entertain
the audience. He or she is not informing
you of anything or trying to convince
you to do anything. It was written for enjoyment.
|Read the last
paragraph and try to identify the author's purpose for writing
and the evidence you have for your answer. Remember, the
author's purpose is to inform,
persuade, or entertain the audience.
The earth is a sphere made up of one-fourth
land and three-fourths water. The
largest bodies of water are the four oceans: Pacific Ocean,
Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Arctic Ocean. The
land is divided into seven continents: North America, South
America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica.
The author wrote this to...
was did not write this piece to entertain
or persuade you. She wrote this piece to inform the
audience. There is evidence to support this answer.
Everything that is written in this piece is fact. It is a
fact that the earth is made up of 1/4 land and 3/4 water with four
oceans and seven continents.
authors' writing pieces have a point of view. If you can identify
whether an author has written a piece to entertain,
inform or persuade his
or her audience, this will help you
comprehend what you are reading!
identifying author's point
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