Lesson Plan

Getting Visual with MWD & P.O.V.

Creating infographics to compare and contrast authors' p.o.v. and purpose
Josh W.
Classroom teacher
Coalinga Middle School
Coalinga, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to create an infographic that compares and contrasts at least two authors' points of view and purposes. 

English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 8
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1 Background

This activity is part of a nonfiction unit on military working dogs. We've read a variety of texts, including a board I created on Pinterest, an article from Readworks, and a wide variety of web sites (see the links below).

We have already worked with citing textual evidence, writing summaries, text structure, and, just prior to this activity, determining author's point of view and purpose.









Further reading:

Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum


Navy SEAL Dogs by Mike Ritland


Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan & Nathan Fox (a fictional graphic novel)


2 Introduction

Introduce the class to infographics and discuss their features. Use examples from school textbooks and gather a variety of examples from online resources such as...





Vet them carefully, however! Not all of the infographics on these sites are kid friendly!

Have the kids search through the sites, display some on the smartboard, or print out copies (if they can be read in printed form or can fit on a standard sheet of paper).

I created an infographics board on Pinterest, so I will have  my students check the examples I've pinned out as well.

3 Direct Instruction & Independent Practice

1. Explain to the class that they will be making their own infographic about author's purpose and point of view that includes graphics and, most importantly, textual evidence. They will share their finished product on Google Drive for all the class to see and assess.

2. Introduce the rubric that you have created on Rubistar. Another handy rubric tool is iRubric (http://www.rcampus.com/indexrubric.cfm).

3. Briefly review (as needed) author's purpose and p.o.v. and compare & contrast.

4. Have then partner up, choose which texts they will use, take notes, explore Piktochart (or, if you'd like, they may also try Infogram, another free resource at https://infogr.am/), sketch ideas, create their infographic, then publish it.


Student Instructions

1. Find a partner.

2. Choose which texts from the unit you will use.

3. Reread, taking notes/completing a graphic organizer (find an example on Readworks); you must have textual evidence.

4. Explore Pinktochart or Infogram. Choose a template. 

5. Sketch out your ideas on paper before starting your infographic. Make sure that everything you'd like to do can be done.

6. Create the infographic. Keep the rubric handy so it can help guide your work.

7. When finished, publich it to Google Drive.

4 Conclusion

Have the students explore each other's infographics and guide them as needed in evaluating each other's work. You wish to have each pair present their infographic to the class prior to the evaluation.

The infographics would aso look great published on your class or school website!

Student Instructions

Present your infographic to thee class (if required) and use the rubric to evaluate your classmates' work.