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Author's Point of View

The author's attitude or opinion about the subject; viewpoint.

Author's Purpose

What the author is trying to accomplish through the writing.


The reason or motive for an action; why something happens.


A group of facts about something, set up in form of a diagram, table, graph, etc.


To examine in order to observe or discover similarities and differences.


A reasonable outcome that can be predicted based on one's own knowledge combined with information obtained from the text. Not always directly stated.


To show differences when two or more things are compared.

Devices of Persuasion

Stratergies that a writer uses to convince a reader of something (eg. Bandwagon, testimonial, plain folks, emotional words).

Devices of Persuasion - Bandwagon

Suggests that one should do or believe something because everyone is doing it.

Devices of Persuasion - Testimonial

An expert or famous person gives a persona; "testimony" about a prodict or idea.

Devices of Persuasion - Plain Folks

Ordinary people are often used to persuade others; the thinking behind this technique is that people tend to believe others who seem to be similar to themselves.

Devices of Persuasion - Emotional Words

Uses words that appeal to a person's emotions rather than to his/her ability to reason. (Sometimes these words are so general that they are meaningless.)


A drawing that shows how an item is made or how it works.


The way in which two or more things are not the same.


The result, or consequence, of an action.


A statement that can be proven or tested to be true or false.


An illustration of quantity or amount and how it relates to another variable (eg. Bar graph, circle graph, line graph).


A combination of one's own knowledge and information supplied in the text which leads to a 9-3 conclusion or generalization about a subject.

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