Identifying an authors purpose

Students to select their own text from the books in the classroom or from the internet. They must answer the following questions in their writing books:
• What was the author’s purpose in writing this text?
• Why did the author write this article?
• Write a statement which best describes what the author thinks.
• What kind of article did the author write?
• What response does the author want from the reader?
• Is the purpose of the text explicitly written by the author or is it inferred?
• What text features are used by the author which demonstrate the purpose of the text?
• How well did the text achieve its purpose.