Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 min

Topic: Concrete Nouns and Problem Solving

Grade Level: 4, 5

Objective: Critical thinking, Narration

Language Objective:

Define and provide examples of nouns

Brief Description: Students will define and provide examples of nouns, identify various objects, use appropriate nouns while writing to bring clarity to the audience.

Know Before You Start: Students should have knowledge that concrete nouns are defined as a person, place, or thing. Students should also be exposed to replacing nouns with the correct pronouns.

Nouns - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Nouns - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Nouns - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Nouns - Exemplar comic, panel 4 Nouns - Exemplar comic, panel 5

Hook: What are some common nouns around us? Have students work to list as many concrete nouns as they can. Have students group the nouns by person, place, or thing.

Activity: Explain that today we will practice using nouns in our writing. Have students choose a noun from each category and circle it (ex: person= girl, place = park, thing = phone). Show students the example comic and explain that every good story has a problem. Have students brainstorm potential problems that could arise between their chosen nouns. Provide examples as needed. Students will create a comic that includes a problem. Students will name the nouns within their comic. Students will replace the noun with the correct pronoun when needed.

Closure: Have students share their comic with a partner or whole group.


  • Allow students to work in pairs

  • Provide sentence stems for students to use in their writing

  • Provide the opportunity to role play the comics


  • Example comic to print or display: Comic