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Evaluate Author's Purpose
Read this checklist about "What's Bugging Jessie?" Write a check mark to answer "Yes" or "No" to each question. Then use the checklist to answer the questions below.

* * Do you think the people in the story really exist?
* * Did you learn specific facts from the story?
* * Does the author tell you what to do?
* * Does the author try to make you believe something?
* * Does the story have interesting characters that make you want to know more about them?
* * Does the author get you to enjoy what the characters say and do?
* * Does the author explain something or make something easier to understand?
1. What is the author's main purpose in writing?

2. What details in the story helped you decide what the author's purpose was?

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