Context clues/Main idea
Author Techniques

What is a text that gives information about a person's life, is written by another person, and gives facts from history?



What is it called when the author expresses his opinions and views? a. entertainment b. point of view c. climax

Point of View 


Lose a 100 points 

You lose 100 points 


Erica held her baby close as the tornado swept by. Fortunately, she was strong enough to hold onto her child. The tornado was quite strong, too. Using the dictionary entry below, which definition best fits the way the word "strong" is used in the last sentence? STRONG \'strôŋ\ adj. 1. muscular 2. consisting of solid material 3. determined 4. moving rapidly or with force

4. moving rapidly or with force


What is the main idea of a manual for a cell phone?

teach you how to use the cell phone?


What is a text that teaches a moral lesson and usually has animals as characters? 



What is the theme of a story

It is the message, moral or lesson learned 

Cookies are a necessary food item in your life. First, they taste amazing, like sweet nectar that warms your tummy. Second, they come in all kinds of flavors. Even if you are a picky eater, there is surely a type of cookie that will please you. Finally, cookies make you happy. If you decide not to eat cookies, you will be miserable and cranky for the rest of your life. Eat them now! What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to persuade the reader.




Why does an author choose to use sensory words in fictional stories?

to help the reader make a picture in their head and use their senses to connect to the story?


What is a text that tells a story that was told in an ancient culture to explain a practice, belief, or natural occurrence?



You can figure out the meaning of a word that you don’t know by reading the words and sentence/s around the unknown word. This is called using your ___________ ___________.

Context clues 

Brushing your teeth is very important. Some do not know the proper way to accomplish this task. First, you put a dime size amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush. Brush the top right side of your teeth, in a circular motion, all over the teeth. After 20 seconds, switch to the top left side of your teeth and repeat. Repeat four more times with the rest of your teeth. When done brushing, rinse your mouth clean with water. Make sure to clean the brush as well! You're finished! You now have beautiful, clean teeth. What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to inform or explain something the reader.

Even though I am a great swimmer, I have a great deal of ambivalence about swimming because my uncle drowned several years ago. Which is the best definition for the word "ambivalence".

 a. uncaring b. mixed feelings c. anger d. joyful

b. mixed feelings


Figurative Language can be used in any type of writing. Similes are especially fun. Give me an example of a simile.

answers can vary


What is a selection written for a performance by actors on a stage, on television, etc.?

Drama or Play


What figurative language is this? "He flew out the door like a bull out of the shoot at a rodeo."



The rabbit's long ears, which can be more than 10 cm (4 in) long, are probably an adaptation for detecting predators. They have large, powerful hind legs. The two front paws have 5 toes, the extra called the dewclaw. The hind feet have 4 toes. What is the author's purpose?

The author's purpose is to inform the reader.


My mother goes to see Dr. Bixby regularly. My father said an immunologist might be able to heal her cancer. What does the word "immunologist" mean? a. a religious healer b. someone unable to change over time c. a person who is not able to change over time d. someone who has studied the immune system

d. someone who has studied the immune system


What are 4 Non fiction text structures... THIS IS WORTH DOUBLE 


Chorological order Sequential order 

Compare and contrast 

Problem and solution

What is a story that is not true, but includes some historical events that are true?
Historical Fiction

Lisa always looked forward to the fall because of the Harvest Festival. Of course, she loved the rides, but she really enjoyed the shows. This year would be the best. Lisa had a special opportunity to perform in the talent show. The author's purpose is to 

a. entertain. b. persuade. c. inform. d. create a mysterious mood.



Dear Editor, Our principal refuses to let us chew gum in the gym. As students, we need to keep our rhythm when we play basketball. Chewing gum is the best way to do so. To ban us from chewing gum will make us lose our basketball games!! Is that what the people of the district want? If not, maybe the community can help us by calling into our principal so we can chew gum in the gym. Regards, The Basketball Team What is the author's purpose?

The author's purpose is to persuade the reader.


It was unanimous. After the vote was taken, it was apparent everyone wanted to go to SeaWorld instead of the museum. What does "unanimous" mean? 

a. all b. the majority c. leader rules d. sad

A.) all


What is something that gives you clues about what to expect in the rest of the story?


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