Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 1 week

Topic: Research & Writing

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding of a selected topic of their choice. They will do some basic research for this passion project.

Know Before You Start: This lesson will provide students with the opportunity to pursue a passion project of their choice. The lesson will guide students through the steps of selecting, researching, and sharing the information they learn about the self-selected topic. You can customize the research requirements to meet your goals.

Comic 1

Comic 2


  • Share a photo or video of something you are passionate about.   

  • Read and discuss sample Comic 1. Discuss with students that passion projects are a way to find out about a topic of interest and then share your findings with others.


  • Display sample Comic 2, and explain the steps of this research project. 

  • Students will work through the Passion Project steps over several days to complete their own Passion Project comics.

Closure: Celebrate the students’ work by allowing them to share their Passion Projects with students, parents, or community members.


  • Provide a list of options for students who are struggling to come up with their own idea.

  • Print out sample Comic 2 for students to reference.


Suggested Story Starters: