Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)
Lesson Length: 45 min - 1 hour
Topic: Compare & Contrast Characters
Grade Level: 5
Objective: Analysis, Explanation
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 tool
- Story or Novel with strong character description such as Because of Winn Dixie By Kate DiCamillo or Verdi by Janell Cannon.
- 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.
- Example comic to print or display: Comic