Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Action Verbs

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6

Objective: Narration

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1

Brief Description: Students will practice using action verbs to describe what is happening in the present tense.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with common action verbs. This lesson is a great way to reinforce adding -ing to the end of a verb to show present tense. Use this as a check for understanding sentence structure and spelling patterns.

Ready, Set, Action! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Ready, Set, Action! - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Ready, Set, Action! - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Ready, Set, Action! - Exemplar comic, panel 4 Ready, Set, Action! - Exemplar comic, panel 5

Hook: Ask students: What am I doing right now? Have students name the action. You are ______. Student answers may include talking, standing, looking. Explain that action verbs are words to explain the action of someone or something.


  • Read and discuss the comic. After reading each panel, ask: which word tells us what the person is doing in the sentence? Which word is the subject- the person doing the action?  
  • Guide students to understand that we can add -ing on the end of verbs to show they are happening right now, in the present.
  • Discuss how each sentence starts with a subject and then the correct form of -be. Then we add -ing to the end of the verb to show the action. 
  • Practice reading aloud or acting out the sentences to promote understanding of the present tense.  
  • Have students role play to show what they are doing while the other children have to guess what the action is using the correct form of the present-tense verb. 
  • Tell students to create a comic to show their action while focusing on using the correct sentence structure.

Closure: Have students share their comic with the whole group or in partners. Emphasize the importance of conjugating the verb correctly to show present tense.


  • Provide sentence stems as needed.
  • Allow students to us.e the speech to text feature 
  • Allow students to work with a peer model.
  • Provide a list of common verbs.
  • Provide visuals for students.