Determining the Author's Purpose Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: RI.2.6

Core Standard

In today's world we often bombarded with media. So much so that we don't have time to tell what's real and what isn't. It helps to dissect why a writer created a piece in the first place. Was an article written to persuade the reader to make a decision? Was a piece created to sway your thought process? Was the piece written to be objective and provide both sides of the argument? Being able to dissect the author's purpose and motivation for writing is a big deal in today's media landscape. It seems like many forms of media have a hidden purpose. Having the ability to recognize an author's motivation offers you a sense of establishing trust and will ultimately indicate to you the weight behind the information you are reading. These worksheets will help students learn to evaluate the goal of the author.









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