Analyzing Authors’ Work

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Analyzing Informational Text

Grade Level: 7

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5

Standards:

Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

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, but 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 3 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: Authors’ Work Comic.