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English 11 A Unit 1: Early American And Colonial Literature Lesson 9: Author’s Purpose

Key Words
Audiene
Genre
Purpose

What are the different purposes for writing?
There are 4 basic purposes for writing:
1.-Narrative
2.-Expository
3.-Descriptive
4.-Persuasive

Narrative Writing
Writing TELLS A STORY or relates a series of events.
example:
A composition describing your explorations among rocks and tide pools along the ocean shore.

Descriptive Writing
Writing DESCRIBES a person, place or thing.
Example:
A brochure describing giant redwoods, a “Lost Kitten” poster that tells exactly what the kitten looks like.

Expository Writing
Writing gives INFORMATION or EXPLAINS.
Example:
An article entitled “How the Internet has Changed Our lives”

Persuasive Writing
Writing attempts to CONVINCE someone to do or believe something.
Example.
An advertisement, an article about importance of water conservation.

What genres does American literature include?
Aphorism
Autobiography
Captivity Narrative
Journal
Lyric Poem
Narrative Poem
Satirical Essay
Sermon

Which of the following authors wrote in the same genre?
William Bradford
Olaudah Equiano

Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine shared a similar purpose for writing. What was their purpose?
To persuade.

The statement below represents which genre from the early American and Colonial period? I want to explain origins of the natural world and its processes.
The oral tradition of Native Americans.

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