Author’s purpose is closely tied to text structure. In narrative text, the author entertains; in expository text, the author informs; in argumentative text, the author persuades the reader; and technical writing presents a process. Students should, however, put on their detective hats to discover if the author may have an underlying purpose separate from the text structure.
|Text Type||Author's Purpose|
|Expository||To Explain, Inform|
|Argumentation||To Convince, Persuade|
|Technical||To Instruct,Tell How|
TEACHnology: the online teacher resource
Author's Purpose Chart: This graphic organizer allows students to collect examples of author's purpose from multiple points in a passage to help them determine the author’s overall purpose for writing.
Author's Purpose and Tone of Voice: This is a high school lesson by Patricia Penrose.
Graphic Organizer: shows visually the four text types with questions to identify author's purpose
Identifying Persuasive Text: This handout provides helpful questions to use when trying to discriminate between expository and persuasive text.