Description: Craft and Structure Determine author’s purpose; analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the points of view they represent (e.g., social studies topics, media messages about current events).
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6A


6A: Recognizing Author's Intent

6A: Recognizing Author's Intent

Description: Recognizing Author's Purpose

✓ standard met

Selection: HiE-17


Grade level: 5
Word count: 1708 words
Author: Paul Lloyd
Synopsis: Once the Collyer brothers started collecting things, they never stopped.
Excerpt: Stamps. Coins. Postcards. Dolls. You name it, and somebody somewhere probably collects it. Collecting everyday things is a very popular hobby all over the world. One reason it is so popular is that a person can choose to collect almost anything. Also, the cost can be as low or as high as you like, and it is a hobby that can be carried on right in the comfort of your own home. You can work on a collection no matter what time of day or night it is and no matter what the weather.

Question: Why does the author begin the selection this way?
  1. to show how collecting things is very common
  2. to explain how rare items become valuable
  3. to argue that collecting things is a waste of time
  4. to tell how all people like the same things

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Writing prompt: Give an example of a selection that was written for more than one reason. Explain what the reasons are.


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