Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 1 - 2 class sessions

Topic: Text Types and Purposes

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4

Standards / Framework:

  • CC.1.W.2
  • CC.2.W.2
  • CC.3.W.2
  • CC.4.W.2

Brief Description: Students will be able to use a combination of drawing and writing to create an informative comic in which they restate facts.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with the difference between fact and opinion.


  • Ask students:
    • “What is the difference between a fact and an opinion?
    • ”What is an informational text?”


  • Class Session 1:
    • Read a variety of statements to the class.
    • Have students walk to one side of the room if they believe it is a fact and the other side if they believe it is an opinion.
    • After each round, have one student from the correct side explain their thinking behind why they selected a fact or opinion. The purpose of this warm up is to review what facts are.     
    • Have students read articles or books about a science or social studies topic the teacher selects. For example: life cycles, the rock cycle, the water cycle, forms of government, US symbols, etc. 
    • Have students record facts about the topic on a graphic organizer such as a Main Idea Web.
  • Class Session 2:
    • Have students continue recording facts and researching the non-fiction topic.   
    • Have students create an informative comic that includes the facts they researched.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Remind students that they completed writing an informational text. Their comics give factual information to the reader about _______. It is important to read and write informational texts because it helps students learn about the world around them!


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Consider adjusting the research topic to align with specific grade level science or social studies standards.
  • For K-1 students, consider reading a text aloud to the class instead of having students research topics independently. Record the facts on an anchor chart as a shared writing and reading activity.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.
  • Videos:
  • Books:
    • Penguins: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature by Kay de Silva
    • From Tadpole to Frog by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
    • TIME For Kids Informational Text: Take Off! All About Airplanes by Jennifer Prior
  • Main Idea Web

Suggested Story Starters: