Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Compare & Contrast Characters

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will compare and contrast two characters in a story.

Know Before You Start: This lesson is most helpful when using text with strong character descriptions.


  • Ask students to compare and contrast the characters in the sample comic.
    • How are they similar?
    • How are they different?
    • What do they notice about each character’s personality?
  • Refer to the current novel or story students are reading in class.
  • Using a Venn Diagram or T-Chart, compare and contrast two characters in the story based on the following characteristics:
    • Physical traits.
    • Actions.
    • Thoughts.
    • Dialogue.
    • Interactions with others.
    • Challenges faced.


  • Have students read a selected text and complete a graphic organizer of their own.

  • Students will then create a two-panel comic, one for each character. Each comic panel will demonstrate similarities and differences of both story characters. 

Closure: Ask students to share their comics with a partner and discuss how the similarities and differences of the characters impact the events and understanding of the story.


  • Pre-teach vocabulary for ELL students.

  • Provide visuals for each characteristic.

  • Provide sentence starters.

  • Allow students to work with peer model.

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.
  • T-Chart.
  • Venn Diagrams: Option 1, Option 2.
  • Story or Novel with strong character description e.g.,

  • T-Chart or Venn Diagram for brainstorming character similarities and differences.

  • An extension of this standard is to have students analyze the dialogue in the story to infer character traits.

Suggested Story Starters: