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If the teacher gives you a task, what does this mean?

Grade 4 Writing - Task, Purpose and Audience

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Even if a student writes well, he or she will need to make sure it follows some criteria pertaining to the assignment. In other words, the writing piece should match the task, purpose and audience. If a piece of writing does not do this, it may make the assignment sound strange. Therefore, the student should keep the task, purpose and audience in mind when writing. In this quiz students will answer questions about writing that pertains to the task, purpose and audience.

1.
Read the assignment that the teacher describes below.
Which part is the purpose?

"I want you to write an essay to persuade a group of 5th graders that school is important."
Writing an essay.
To persuade.
5th graders.
School is important.
The purpose is to persuade.
2.
Your teacher has assigned you to write an essay comparing and contrasting mules with donkeys. What should be the purpose of your writing?
To express a feeling toward the reader about mules and donkeys.
To persuade the reader to understand the differences between mules and donkeys.
To entertain the reader with an essay about the similarities and differences between mules and donkeys.
To inform the reader about the similarities and differences between mules and donkeys.
The purpose of this essay would most likely be to inform the reader about the facts of the topic.
3.
Who would be the audience for the following writing assignment?
Assignment: Which candy is the most popular in the 4th grade?
Your classmates.
Kindergarten children.
Sisters and brothers of the class.
Parents of the class.
Your classmates would be the ones who would be interested in the essay and results.
4.
Who would be the audience for the following writing assignment?
Assignment: What is the best career in the world?
Toddlers.
Elderly people.
People of all ages wanting to know about careers.
People of all ages who have been working at the same job for over 30 years.
The people who are interested in careers would be audience.
5.
What is the purpose for the following writing assignment?
Assignment: Write an essay about the best pet to have.
To inform the reader about certain pets.
To persuade the reader about a certain pet.
To entertain the reader about a pet.
To express feelings about pets.
In this essay, the student would be trying to persuade the reader about a pet.
6.
Who would be the audience for the following writing assignment?
Assignment: Write a short story about magical characters who live in a make-believe land.
College students.
Children.
Parents.
Teenagers.
This story would be geared toward children.
7.
The teacher gives you a task. What does that mean?
She has given you an assignment description of what to do.
She has explained why you should be writing this piece.
She has described the type of people you will be writing this piece to.
She has explained the style you should be writing this in.
The task refers to the assignment and what is going to be written.
8.
How should you develop the writing assignment below?
Prompt: Persuade a group of teenagers to use their cell phone less.
Write an essay giving your opinion and evidence to support your opinion.
Create a booklet showing the uses of cell phones.
Create a short story about a teenager who gets sick from using her cell phone too much.
Write an essay describing facts about people who use their cell phones.
The best way to develop this writing would be in an persuasive essay.
9.
The teacher has given you the following writing assignment.
Assignment: Write a piece to entertain the reader about a funny thing that happened to you.
What will you most likely be writing?
A narrative.
A poem about feelings.
A persuasive essay.
An informative essay.
The student would be writing a short story or narrative.
10.
What is the purpose for the following writing assignment?
Assignment: Write a poem about your favorite season.
To persuade people to enjoy the season you like best.
To entertain with a narrative with the setting being one of the seasons.
To inform about one of the seasons.
To express your feelings about a season.
The poem would be written about the poet's feelings.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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