Determine an Author's Purpose

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How does an author's choice of audience reveal his or her purpose for writing a text? Your class members can find out by following the steps outlined in this video. The narrator models her process with a chapter from W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk, determining first who the audience is, and then analyzing why the author chose this audience. Additional materials are included. Note that the narrator's voice is soft and might not keep the attention of all learners.

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