In the educational world, P.I.E. stands for Persuade, Inform, and Entertain. And teachers all around the nation teach this thing called author’s purpose because it is a standard or objective that they must teach that is in their curriculum. Plus it is a reading objective, not a writing objective. But trying to teach author’s purpose isolated from writing is a really bad idea and it's what causes great teachers to start making posters of cute pieces of pie with sweet little labels titled: Persuade, Inform, and Entertain.
While writing can fit into these three categories, the idea that they only fit into three is quite….amusing, laughable, ridiculous, absurd. Especially when you tell this concept to a group of writers who aren’t teachers.
There are so many other verbs to use when describing authors purpose:
Authors write to:
describe, tell, show, convince, list, define, explain, discuss, prove, advertise, teach, encourage, give an example, warn, amuse, point out, share, present, help, demonstrate, give, reveal, introduce, enlighten, illustrate, communicate.
But even these verbs are just the beginning. They are verbs that describe the final product once you’ve done all the revising and editing.
But what is an author’s real purpose?
I think the real question, the deeper and more rigorous question we need to start asking kids, is why do writers write? I think we need to be able to answer that question before even thinking about boiling it down to an author’s purpose.
So what’s your author’s purpose?
Why do you write?
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature the wonderful Ave Maria Cross