Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Genres

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: This lesson is intended to reinforce the language and vocabulary needed to discuss the genre of a text. Use this lesson as an informal assessment to determine the knowledge and features of genres.

Know Before You Start: Students should have some knowledge of different genres before starting this lesson.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

    • How is each genre different?

  • Provide students with examples of books in a variety of genres. Have partners look through the books and try to sort them based on similar features.


  • Have students make a comic that shows their understanding of three different genres. 


  • Have each group present their comic to the class.
  • Display these comics in the library to reinforce the idea of genres.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Provide sentence frames and visuals as needed.

  • Provide a visual for students to remember the features of a genre.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.
  • Adapt this lesson to meet the needs of each student’s language proficiency level. Utilize appropriate sentence frames as needed.