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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Author's purpose and craft: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student uses critical inquiry to analyze the authors' choices and how they influence and communicate meaning within a variety of texts. The student analyzes and applies author's craft purposefully in order to develop his or her own products and performances.

Ask students questions while they are reading a persuasive text in a whole-group or small-group context.


  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • Do you think the author wrote this book to entertain us, persuade us, or inform us?
Author's purpose is the author’s primary goal in a piece of writing, such as to narrate, argue, review, explain, examine, entertain, persuade, etc.

Related 2009 Student Expectation

This student expectation is related to the following SE from the 2009 reading/language arts TEKS.

(13) Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Culture and History. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about the author's purpose in cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Students are expected to identify the topic and explain the author's purpose in writing about the text.