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Author's Purpose

by: rtbut8396

Authors usually write for one of three reasons: to persuade, to inform, or to entertain. You can remember these reasons by using the acronym "pie." Read the following selections and then decide what you think the author's purpose for writing was in each case.

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    Fewer than 3,500 tigers roam the wilds of Asia today. About 100,000 tigers lived there a century ago. Researchers say illegal hunting and destruction of their habitat are the causes of their troubles.

  2. 2

    "You shouldn't stand by and watch someone get bullied, because that just encourages the person to keep doing it," says fifth-grader Drew Lara, 11. Instead, you should walk away.

  3. 3

    Bullying is a concern for kids in schools and neighborhoods across the country. In a recent survey by KidsHealth, one third of kids ages 9 to 13 said that they have been bullied before.

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    Mom looked worried as she hung up the phone. "That was Jenny next door," she said. "She won't be able to take care of Spot while we are on our vacation. Her family is going out of town."

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    I think if students do a good job in school, they should get paid. It would motivate kids to do better in school since they would be getting a reward. More kids would want to get good grades.

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    Amy's eyes were beginning to adjust to the darkness as she kept scrunching each article of clothing between her fingers. Just then, the handle on the closet door turned and the door opened.

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    If you're looking for a classic, read Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater.

  8. 8

    Piano lessons were a splendid idea, except that every Wednesday after school, when I could have been doing something really useful, I had to go to Miss Emily's house alone, without Lucy.

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    On Tuesday, scientists announced that they have identified the fossil remains of the smallest dinosaur ever to roam North America. The bones were discovered 30 years ago in Colorado.

  10. 10

    I don't think that students should be paid for good grades. Students should just want to get good grades. It's also not fair to kids who work hard but don't always get good grades on tests.

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    On February 1, Toyota said that car dealerships would soon get parts to fix the sticky gas pedals. Some dealerships will stay open around the clock to fix the cars.

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    Want to get involved in your community? You can find plenty of opportunities to volunteer close to home, in your town or school. Often even small actions make a difference.

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    Dan sprang into action, jumping on the stuffed sheepdog. "Ride 'em!" he called. Amy's eyes bugged out. Her brother was always ready to humiliate himself for a cause.

  14. 14

    The group turned down yet another hall that opened into a jungle-like area with flowers and small trees and sunshine that filtered through skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.

  15. 15

    Kids at Morning Star Elementary School, in Bozeman, Montana, turned ideas into actions. Their fifth-grade class raised money for the Red Cross and Haiti. They collected more than $1,100.

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