There are three main reasons why an author writes something: to entertain, inform, or persuade (or sometimes all three at once!). This collection of worksheets presents short passages, advertisements, excerpts, recipes, and other samples, and the students must determine the reason behind the writing. Students will learn how to use context and language clues in order to determine the purpose of the passage. Answer keys have been provided for each worksheet.
Project idea: Have your students pick a topic and write three passages about it: one to entertain, one to inform, and one to persuade.