adds to; as in, when an author adds to details to support an idea.
helps; as in, when an author helps us understand his idea by giving details.
has the power to make someone interested; as in ,words or images that are interesting to the reader
meant to; as in, the details the author gave were meant to show us that...
tries; as in, the author tries to get us to believe something
speaks about or talks to; as in, the author speaks to a certain group of people
shows; as in, which sentence best shows the author's viewpoint?
puts a lot of importance on; as in, the author repeats this sentence to show the importance of...
succeeds in sending the reader a certain message or sharing an idea; as in, the title that best shares the main idea of the article is...
wants to tell or share; as in, the author wants to tell us how to...
figure out the author by using the text and your experience and knowledge; as in, Which of these sentences from the text can help you infer that the author believes...?