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Author's Purpose (Grade 7)

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Author's Purpose

1. 
Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author's purpose in writing it (to entertain, persuade, or inform).

1. A pamphlet urging people not to eat animals or use products made from animals or animal suffering because the author thinks that is cruel and unnecessary.

2. A poem about a pack rat, a person who refuses to throw things away, even things that most people would consider garbage.

3. The Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet, where two young lovers are forbidden from seeing one another due to a centuries old blood feud between their two families.
  1. entertain, inform, inform
  2. inform, persuade, entertain
  3. inform, entertain, entertain
  4. entertain, inform, persuade
2. 
Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author's purpose in writing it (to entertain, persuade, or inform).

1. A booklet containing the school rules and the consequences for violating those rules.

2. A story written about a young boy who moves to a new school and is bullied, but he gains self-confidence by joining a sports team and learns to stand up for himself.
  1. entertain, inform
  2. inform, entertain
  3. inform, persuade
3. 
Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author's purpose in writing it (to entertain, persuade, or inform).

1. The story of a young athlete who takes steroids and his life and future fall apart.

2. A medical report describing the effects of steroids on the human body.
  1. entertain, persuade
  2. persuade, inform
  3. entertain, inform
  4. inform, entertain
4. 
Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author'€™s purpose in writing it (to entertain, persuade, or inform).

1. An instructional booklet describing how to operate an MP3 player.

2. A story about a family trying to stick together and survive through the Great Depression in the Midwest in the 1930s.

3. A poem about why the iPod is the greatest consumer electronic device ever made.
  1. Inform, Entertain, Inform
  2. Persuade, Inform, Entertain
  3. Inform, Persuade, Entertain
  4. Inform, Entertain, Entertain
5. 
Skin Miracle's amazing Wrinkle Remover Cream will make you look younger in thirty days or less. This remarkable cream has special ingredients to make your wrinkles disappear. The cost for a thirty day supply is $25.99. You'll be amazed at what you see!

The author's purpose is to:
  1. Persuade
  2. Inform
  3. Entertain
  4. Describe
6. 
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867 in Pepin, Wisconsin to Charles and Caroline Ingalls. She met and married James Wilder in 1885. She published many books based on her travels to the West. Her writing became the basis for the " Little House" series. She died in 1957.

The author's purpose is to:
  1. Persuade
  2. Inform
  3. Entertain
7. 
Tommy was not happy one little bit. His sister, Susan was making honor roll... again! His parents would let her do anything she wanted to do. Tommy was not making honor roll this time and he was not going to be allowed to do all the things he wanted to do. Poor Tommy! He decided he would just have to study harder and get back on the honor roll. He'd show them!

The author's purpose is to:
  1. Persuade
  2. Inform
  3. Entertain
  4. Describe
8. 
The Slim-O-Matic will cause you to loose pounds and inches from your body in one month. This amazing machine helps you to exercise correctly and provides an easy video to show you the proper way to exercise. Send $75.99 and begin exercising today.

The author's purpose is to:
  1. Persuade
  2. Inform
  3. Entertain
  4. Describe
9. 
Katrina and her brother Jesse were playing with the water hose outside one day. Jesse ran to the house to hide from Katrina so she wouldn't squirt him with the water. The back door opened, and Katrina pointed the water hose toward the door ready to squirt Jesse. To Katrina's surprise it was Mom who was now dripping wet!

What is the author's purpose?
  1. to persuade
  2. to inform
  3. to entertain
10. 
It was a glorious morning in Alabama. The sun was shining through the trees. Alan couldn't wait to find his fishing pole and call his friend Sam to go fishing. They had a great time on these early morning fishing trips. They took their dogs with them and the dogs would swim in the lake while they fished.

The author's purpose is to:
  1. Persuade
  2. Inform
  3. Entertain

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