Identify Author’s Viewpoint:
What Does the Author Think?
viewpoint is the way an author looks at a topic or the ideas being described.
The author’s viewpoint includes the content of the text and the
language used to present the data. Thoughtful readers decipher an author’s
point of view, opinions, hypotheses, assumptions, and possible bias.
Instruction for author’s viewpoint helps students read analytically
in order to identify the validity of information contained in the text.
Students identify words and phrases that show an author’s strong
feelings for or against a person, group, or issue. Students identify
selections that present various perspectives on a topic. This strategy
focuses on helping students ask questions to identify stated and unstated
that help students explore author’s viewpoint:
opinions or belief statements are evident in the article?
- Why do
you think the author has this particular opinion or point of view?
background information about the author does the reader have that may
help understand the writer’s point of view? (Point of reference)
Would another author have a different point of view depending on his/her
pictures does the author paint for a reader?
evidence did the author include to support their opinions?
facts were missing?
words and phrases did the author use to present the information? (Students
collect samples of the language an author uses to identify the context
in which ideas are presented.)
- Why did
the author write this selection? Identifying the author’s purpose
helps students recognize possible viewpoints, especially in persuasive