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.
- 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.
Story or Novel with strong character description e.g.,
An extension of this standard is to have students analyze the dialogue in the story to infer character traits.
Comic to print or display: Comic.