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The Author's VIEW: Understanding the Purpose and Meaning in a Text

The Author's VIEW:  Understanding the Purpose and Meaning in a Text
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This simple acronym can help students think critically about what an author is really saying to his or her audience. This handout can work well with any op-ed or rhetorical text.

Suggested Uses and Teaching Tips:

• Have students work independently or with a partner to read an opinion text, a persuasive text, or a piece of rhetoric and use the acronym as a guide for analyzing the text. Use the VIEW handout while students annotate and answer the guiding questions on the handout.

• Using this guide may require you to explicitly teach the terms precise, vague, clarity, revision, evaluate, weigh, diction, mood, and tone.

• Depending upon the level of your class you might consider simplifying some of the steps. You might also consider chunking these steps and doing each one with the class instead of asking students to do all of the steps on their own the first time. This guide can (and should) be modified to differentiate instruction based on the needs of the students in your class.
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