Author's Purpose

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 Features

Understanding text features helps students navigate text and aids in finding specific information. Teachers should demonstrate how students can use text features in order to preview a text. Previewing text features helps students with the following pre-reading activities:

  • recognizing the organizational structure of the text

  • predicting what they will learn from the text



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