What is Author’s Purpose?
Most writing is intended to inform or explain, persuade, entertain, or describe. Critical readers can identify the author’s reasons for writing text and adjust their reading method to match the author’s purpose. When students can identify an author’s purpose for writing a text, they are better equipped to evaluate its content as they make inferences and draw conclusions. A PDF of teaching strategies can be downloaded here that has been created by the Austin Independent Schools district with a range of teaching strategies to inform students about the authors purpose.