Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Informational Text, Determining Central Ideas In Science

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will use the See/Think/Wonder strategy to help them better understand scientific information or text. They’ll demonstrate their understanding in a comic.

Know Before You Start:

  • This lesson uses the thinking protocol See, Think, Wonder. Students will observe/read text, think about the information, and pose questions about the content. This is an effective way to introduce a new concept.
  • You’ll need to provide a selected scientific text, diagram, or image.


  • Introduce and share a selected text, diagram, or image.
  • Display the sample comic. 
  • Model how to analyze the material presented by using the See, Think, Wonder strategy. 
  • See: Discuss the key ideas students see within the text.
  • Think: Discuss the ideas and thoughts generated by the content.
  • Wonder: Ask students what questions they have or things they wonder about now that they have read the content.

Activity: It’s time to demonstrate student understanding in a comic.

  • Provide students with another science selected text, diagram, image, etc.  related to the same topic.
  • After independently reading and/or observing the provided content, have students create a three-panel comic to demonstrate their understanding using the See, Think, Wonder strategy.


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


  • Adjust selected text based on a student’s reading level.
  • Provide sentence frames "I see____." "I think ____." "I wonder ____."


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.
  • Science Article, Diagram, Chart, Image or Content Material.