Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Progressive Verb Tenses
Grade Level: 4
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will learn about progressive verb tenses. They will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding of progressive verb tenses.
Know Before You Start: This is an introductory lesson for progressive verb tenses. Students will recognize that progressive verb tenses indicate a continuing action or action in progress.
- Read and discuss the sample comic.
- What is taking place?
- When is the action taking place?
- Discuss that even though the character is performing the same action, there is a progression from a past event, to a current action, and finally to a future activity.
- Discuss that we use progressive verb tenses to show continuing action or action in progress.
- The past progressive describes actions that lasted for an ongoing period of time in the past.
- The present progressive describes actions that are happening right now and that are still in progress.
- The future progressive describes actions that will be ongoing in the future.
- Have students brainstorm other examples of progressive verb tenses using common verbs such as eating, talking, reading, etc. E.g., "I was eating pancakes yesterday. I am eating waffles today. I will be eating muffins tomorrow."
Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-panel comic showing progressive verb tenses. Remind students to be fun and creative!
- Give students an opportunity to share their comics with others.
- Discuss how students can use progressive verb tenses in their writing.
- Provide a list of progressive verb tenses for learners that need it.
- Enrichment: Some students may elect to write an entire comic story using “progressive verb tenses.”
- Comic to print or display: Comic.