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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.

Use a checklist to monitor which students master the skill and which need more practice. Students should be able to identify if a text is trying to inform, entertain, or persuade and articulate how they came to that conclusion. Encourage students to look for specific evidence from the text to support their thinking.


  • 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?
  • How did you determine the author's purpose for writing this text? What evidence from the text supports your thinking?
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.