Identifying the Author’s Purpose and Point of View:
The Mezquita: Muslim Alterations by Christians
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. Which statement best expresses the author’s purpose in writing the passage?
a. To explain how building change over time
b. To discuss the 16th century cathedral built in the Mezquita
c. To describe the Mezquita
d. To review the changed made by Abd-ar-Rahman II
2. Based on this passage, which of the following describes the author’s point of view?
a. The author is disparaging of religious architecture
b. The author is fascinated by the checkered history of the building
c. the Author is dismissive of Muslim builder’s accomplishments
d. The author is angry about the partitioning of a Christian Church
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.