Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Opinion Writing: Organizing Thoughts

Grade Level: 5

Objective: Persuasion

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1

Brief Description: Students will create a comic expressing an opinion with reasons to support the opinion.

Know Before You Start: Students will need some background knowledge of opinion writing. This lesson is helpful in giving students practice organizing their thoughts for an opinion writing piece.

State Your Case! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 State Your Case! - Exemplar comic, panel 2 State Your Case! - Exemplar comic, panel 3 State Your Case! - Exemplar comic, panel 4 State Your Case! - Exemplar comic, panel 5

Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic. 

  • What opinion is being presented? 
  • What reasons support this opinion?
  • What other reasons could have been given? 
  • How was the comic organized to help the reader understand the point of view?

Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, students will create their own 5 panel comic to express and support an opinion.

  • Have students brainstorm topics in which they have a strong opinion. Examples: favorite foods, school uniforms should not be mandatory, Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time, etc. 
  • Panel #1: State the opinion
  • Panels #2-4: Reasons in support of the opinion
  • Panel #5: Summary of the opinion


  • Share the opinion comics via a Gallery walk or by projecting them for the whole class to view. 
  • Discuss how strong reasons help others consider varying points of view on topics.


  • Print example comic for students to take notes.
  • Provide sentence frames.
  • Utilize graphic organizer for students to organize ideas.
  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature when necessary.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic 1.