Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Antonyms

Grade Level: 4

Objective: Analysis

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.5.C

Brief Description: Students will deepen their understanding of current vocabulary terms by exploring antonyms.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students will need a basic understanding of antonyms prior to starting the lesson. 

  • Prior to the lesson, choose 3-5 selected vocabulary terms from current lessons. The terms must be words that have opposites.

Comic 1

Opposites Attract! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Opposites Attract! - Exemplar comic, panel 2

Comic 2

Opposites Attract! - Exemplar comic #2, panel 1 Opposites Attract! - Exemplar comic #2, panel 2

Hook:

  • Read and discuss Antonym Comic #1 with the class. How does the comic demonstrate the word ancient and the word modern, its opposite? How does recognizing the antonym of a word help us better understand the meaning of a word? 

  • Share Antonym Comic #2 with the class. 

  • Ask students to think of words and their antonyms and  share with a partner.

Activity:

  • Use 3-5 key vocabulary terms from a current lesson. 

  • Using the sample comics as a guide, have students create a 2 panel comic to illustrate their understanding of the vocabulary term and its opposite meaning for each vocabulary word. 

  • 2 Panels: Vocabulary Word & Antonym

Closure: Display the created vocabulary and antonym comics as a quick review.

Differentiation:

  • Pre-Teach the concept of opposites as needed.

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Antonym #1,  Antonym #2.