I Used to Think / Now I Think

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Text Evidence and Inferences

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will use the "I Used to Think/Now I Think" strategy to help them determine specific text evidence and infer information drawn from text. They will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding before and after reading.

Know Before You Start: This lesson uses the thinking strategy "I Used to Think/Now I Think." You will need to provide two passages for students to read.


  • Read and discuss a selected piece of text.
  • Display the sample comic and use it to model how to analyze the material presented by using the protocol "I Used to Think/Now I Think."
  • Ask students to share ideas or perceptions prior to reading the text. 
  • Then, ask students to discuss new things learned or ideas that were clarified from the reading. 


  • Provide students with another selected text material. 
  • After reading the text independently, have students create a two-panel comic to demonstrate their thoughts before and after reading.
    • Panel 1: I Used to Think
    • Panel 2: Now I Think


  • Give students an opportunity to share their comics with others.
  • Discuss how using the "I Used to Think/Now I Think" strategy can be used with all types of text materials to better understand the content.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Adjust selected text based on students’ reading level or provide audio recording.
  • Print out panels with headings for students to plan their writing.


  • Comic to print or display
  • Teacher selected text/reading material