Analyzing Authors’ Work

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Analyzing Informational Text

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create a comic to demonstrate how two authors present different information about the same topic.

Know Before You Start: Students will need to access two informational text articles about the same topic, written by two different authors.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • How did each author present their information?
    • Were there any differences?
    • Why did each author choose the facts and evidence presented?
    • How did the selected evidence shape their perspective and presentation to the reader? 
  • Share the two selected informational texts. 
    • Model an example or two of how each author shared different evidence or facts about the same topic.

    • Discuss the possible perspectives of each author based on the evidence shared.


  • Students will continue reading the article with a partner. They should make note of the different evidence and facts provided by each author. 

  • Have students discuss how each author used the chosen evidence to shape their presentation of the topic. 

  • Have students create a three-panel comic describing how each author shared different evidence or facts about the same topic.


  • Meet with students and discuss their comparisons of the evidence and authors’ work.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide students with a list of common compare and contrast words to aid in explanation.

  • Utilize sentence frames as needed.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.