Definition:  Author’s usually have a purpose in mind when they write.                              The author’s language and style of writing can help you 

                      figure out his or her reasons for writing.  Four common

                      reasons for writing are: 

 

Persuade

Convince readers to think or act a certain way

 

Inform

To explain or give information about something

 

Express

To create a mood, or feeling, through description

Entertain

To amuse, interest, or scare readers, or make them feel sadness or joy