Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Cause and Effect

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding of cause and effect from informational text.

Know Before You Start: Students should have some understanding of cause and effect. At least two informational texts about a topic will be needed for students to read and analyze.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic. 

    • How did the oil spill cause the effect?

  • Share an informational text passage with students and model examples of cause and effect within the passage.


  • Provide students with a second informational text and ask them to read with a partner. 

  • Have students find examples of cause and effect within the text. 

  • Have students create a two-panel comic demonstrating their understanding of cause and effect based on the text.


  • Discuss the cause and effect examples with students.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide a list of common cause and effect signal words.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

Suggested Story Starters: