Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Healthy Relationships

Grade Level: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will familiarize themselves with examples of gaslighting, and think about how it makes people feel or what they might do about it in real-life scenarios.

Know Before You Start: It is helpful for students to be familiar with the term gaslighting.


  • Ask students to explain what is meant by gaslighting.
  • Show the poster from the film, Gaslight, and explain that the term gaslighting originated with the 1938 British play, Gas Light, which was later produced as the 1944 film Gaslight.


  • Have students create a three-panel comic describing a moment when they were inappropriately pressured to feel unable to trust themselves.
    • How or when did you realize what was really going on?
    • How did the perpetrator benefit from your confusion?
    • What important lessons did you learn from your experience?


  • Ask students to share things they might do if they feel someone is gaslighting them.
  • Have students share their comic with a peer, or showcase finished comics in a Gallery Walk.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide a list of phrases someone who is gaslighting might say.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.