Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Narration, Expression

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will share ideas about their own and others’ lived experiences and previous learning.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with what it means to narrate or explain an experience.


  • Ask students:
    • “What can we learn about a person when they share a story about themselves?”
    • “How can you choose an interesting story to share?”
    • “Why should we listen to stories other people tell?”


  • Have students think of a significant event in their lives that they are willing to share in small groups.
  • Have students create a person or a character with similar characteristics as themselves.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic displaying their character having an experience that reflects something that really happened.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain how they may learn about similarities they have with other class members who have had similar experiences.
  • Emphasize that learning about other people’s experiences helps to get to know them better and make connections.
  • If time permits, have students respond to each other’s narratives by asking questions about details in the story or by sharing their own similar experiences.


  • 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.
  • Allow students to define what a significant experience is for themselves, and to decide which details they are comfortable sharing.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.
  • Help students use first-person and third-person forms of verbs as appropriate.

Suggested Story Starters: