More by Quality Teaching Products or Join TeacherSherpa: Author’s Purpose Establishing the author’s purpose for writing a particular text is often the key to understanding the text’s significance. In order to understand the meaning behind a text the reader must pay close attention to several elements. Questions about the author: 1. What is the background and context of the author’s life? 2. Did this particular author experience any milestone events? 3. Is there a hidden or manifest agenda? Questions about the text: 1. What is the tone and voice of the piece of writing? 2. Is there a reoccurring lesson? 3. How is the main conflict resolved? Questioning the Author Directions: Fill out the graphic organizer and analyze the factors that might have influenced the author. Author being analyzed: _________________________________ Background Information: Milestone Events: Possible Agenda: What is the author’s lifestyle like? What are some of his or her influences? Were there any major events that may have greatly influenced this author? Does the author have anything to gain or anything to lose? More by Quality Teaching Products or Join TeacherSherpa: Analyzing the Text Directions: Choose three quotes from the text and use textual analysis to make inferences about the message that the author is communicating. Quote: Tone, Voice, Diction: Analysis: Choose a quote from the text and write it in this column. What is the tone of this quote? Is there anything particular about the word choice? Is there a particular mood that is being established? Why do you think the author includes this quote in the text? Is there anything particularly telling about the way that this quote is written? Is this a reoccurring theme? Now that you have analyzed the author and the text, what do you think is the author’s purpose?