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 will need some background knowledge of cause/effect.

  • At least two informational texts about a topic will be needed for students to read and analyze.


  • Read and discuss the sample Cause/Effect comic.  How did the oil spill cause the effect?

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


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

  • Students will find examples of cause/effect within the text. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-panel comic demonstrating their understanding of a cause/effect event from the text.

Closure: Meet with students and confer with them about their cause/effect examples.


  • Provide a list of common cause/effect signal words. 

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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