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Author's Purpose/Intent

Analyze the intentions of the artist - e.g., to inform, entertain, persuade - in creating classroom dramatizations, theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.  Evaluate the author's use of facts, opinions, or tools of persuasion in written or visual texts to determine author's purpose; consider the effect of persuasive text on the intended audience.  Apply knowledge of grammar, word choices, and diction - including formal and informal language - and figurative language to evaluate author's intent, utilizing multiple texts.  Analyze text to determine how the author's (or authors' ) use of connotative words reveals and/or affects the purpose of the text.  Interpret textual evidence of details, organization, and language to determine author's purpose.  Recognize and evaluate persuasive techniques such as propaganda and bias in different media.  Compare multiple texts in different media to evaluate for bias.  Determine how the author's use of connotative words reveals and/or affects the purpose of the text(s) in relation to the historical period that the text(s) addresses.  See:  English Language Arts - Words -Denotative/Connotative Words   
See also: English Language Arts - Broadcast Journalism - Media Literacy.

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Ages: 7 - 12
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What Can You Do?
From pbslearningmedia.org, produced by PBS
Animal shelters euthanize animals when no one adopts them. After 7 days, if a lost dog’s owner doesn’t come pick up or rescue the dog, the shelter can euthanize it. In this video segment from WILD TV, Joyce, the narrator, says 26,000 dogs a year are ... [more]
August 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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Ages: 8 - 11
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Second Grade | Story Elements | Reading Comprehension
From YouTube, produced by SmartTutor
This is a short story about a young girl with a disability. There are no moving images in this video; it just has narration. (02:16) Great for improving listening skills. There are comprehension questions at the end of the story.
May 1, 2010 at 09:08 PM
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Ages: 5 - 9
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Author's Purpose
From nextvista.org, produced by Plattsmouth Elementary
This is a video featuring kids teaching the lesson about author's purpose.  Students enthusiastically explain that an author writes to: persuade, entertain, or inform.  This is a fun way for students to receive a lesson. (01:51)
August 20, 2012 at 09:33 AM
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Ages: 9 - 13
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Story Time | Roller Coasters | Fifth Grade
From YouTube, produced by SmartTutor
Author's Purpose | This is an article about what makes roller coasters go, go, go. There are no moving images in this video, it just has narration. (03:33)
May 1, 2010 at 08:19 PM
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Ages: 9 - 14
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Story Time | Story Elements | Fourth Grade-For the Sake of a Feather
From YouTube, produced by SmartTutor
This is a story about three teenagers who go on a picnic and learn a valuable lesson. There are no moving images in this video; it just has narration. (05:14)
May 1, 2010 at 08:42 PM
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Ages: 3 - 12
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The Blind Men and the Elephant
From YouTube
The story of the 'Six Blind Men and the Elephant' is a popular folk lore of India. It tells us how people in general have completely different points of views ...
October 15, 2011 at 08:53 PM
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Ages: 14 - 18
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Identifying Audience and Analyzing Text: ( An Interactive Activity)
From bbc.co.uk, produced by BBC.Com
In this interactive activity, students read passages and identify the intended audience of each passage.This activity shows students how writers suit their work for different audiences.  Rhetorical questions are also defined, and a method for analyzi... [more]
July 1, 2012 at 08:12 PM
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Ages: 7 - 13
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Meet Author Alexandra Siy
From inkthinktank.com, produced by Ink Think Tank
In this clip, children's author Alexandra Siy explains how she incorporates art into her books about science.  She explains how she views science as art and how she tries to get kids to appreciate science and their world around them.  By hearing what... [more]
October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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Ages: 12 - 18
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Discerning Themes in Literature
From YouTube, produced by Jeffrey Johnson
This is the first segment in a two-part lecture series I give on finding themes in literature. (05:36)
December 28, 2012 at 03:43 PM
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Ages: 8 - 11
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Point of View Rap
From flocabulary.com, produced by Flocabulary
Point of View rap song.  This song provides definitions and examples of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd points of view. (3:06)
September 4, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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