Author’s Purpose

Fourth Grade is learning about the author’s purpose.  An author writes for a variety of reasons such as to entertain, inform, and persuade.  Students need to explain their answers.  For example, I think the author wrote the story, “The Three Little Pigs,” to entertain the reader with a funny story about how one pig outsmarted the big, bad wolf.  Another example might include, I think the author wrote the story, “How to Build a Birdhouse,” to explain the steps in building a birdhouse.  A student who was reading an ad on curling irons in a magazine might say, the author was trying to persuade the reader that the curling iron in the picture is the best product and the reader should rush out to buy one.

Question Stems students might read or parents might ask are:

What is the most likely reason the author wrote this (book, flier, handout, text, story, poem, or article)?

Why do you think the author chose . . . .

How do you think the author would feel about . . . .

Why do you think the author decided to . . . .

Why did the author begin or end the story with . . . .

The author included paragraph 2 to help the reader understand . . .