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.

Hook: 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.

Activity:

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

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

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students make a three-panel comic describing how each author shared different evidence or facts about the same topic.

Closure: Meet with students and confer with them about their comparisons of the evidence and authors’ work.

Differentiation:

  • Provide students with a list of common compare/contrast words to help explanation.

  • Utilize sentence frames as needed.

  • Allow speech-to-text feature as needed.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.