Identifying the Author’s Purpose and Point of View:
Byzantine Empire: The Two Branches of the Christian Church
Directions: When an author writes, he or she has a purpose in mind. Authors often write to explain, to persuade, or the entertain, to persuade or to entertain. Understanding an author’s purpose will help you to interpret what he or she has to say. In addition, to a purpose, an author usually has a personal perspective. This perspective is called a point of view. Knowing an author’s point of view is useful because it can influence that way he or she presents or interprets the facts in a piece of writing.
Here is how you do it:
1. Read the title and skim the passage to form an idea of what it is about.
2. As you read, use context cues to help you understand unfamiliar words.
3. Look for a statement of the author’s purpose. If it is not stated directly, try to infer it from the information provided
4. Use active reading strategies. As you read, as yourself how the author feels about the subject he or she is discussing
5. Before re-reading the passage review the passage review questions to identify information that you need to find
1. The author’s purpose in writing this passage was to….?
a. Explain why the Pope decided to crown Charlemagne Roman Emperor
b. Describe the founding of Constantinople
c. Tell readers about the mutual excommunications that occurred in 1054
d. Outline the history of the division between the Byzantine Empire and the Latin West
2. What might the author of the passage think of church officials who do not want to reunite the Greek and Roman branches of the church? Support your answers with details from the passage
3. What is your point of view?
4. Write a short passage in which you describe your purpose
Adapted from: Littell, McDougal. World History Patterns of Interaction. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.