Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins

Topic: Self Confidence

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create a motto using Mad-Lib type sentence frames.

Know Before You Start: Students should understand what a motto is and why words can make us feel more confident in ourselves. 


  • Ask students if they have ever heard the motto “Think before you speak.”
    • What does that mean to you?
    • Why do you think it’s a powerful motto?
    • What are some other well known mottos? 
  • Read and discuss the sample comic. 
    • Would it be helpful to start the day by remembering these mottos? 
  • Explain that mottos are great reminders of what we believe in, what inspires us, or what we want others to know about us.


  • Have students choose one of the three pre-made “Mad-Lib-style” sentence frames in the sample comic to help them write a personal motto.
  • Have students create a one-to-three-panel comic using their chosen motto.


  • Have students share their mottos with their peers.
  • Print and display the comics around the classroom.
  • Have students reflect on these questions:
    • How do you plan on using your motto? 
    • Do you think it’s OK to change your motto? Why or why not?


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Have a list of adjectives on the board or on paper for some students to refer to.
  • Provide a list of motivational adjectives.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.