Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Narrative Writing

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will practice planning and writing narratives by creating a comic.

Know Before You Start: This lesson can serve as a review or introduction to writing narratives.


  • Read an age-appropriate short story or picture book to students. Discuss what happened at the beginning, middle, and end.

  • Next, have students discuss their favorite age-appropriate movies or books. What happened at the beginning, middle, and end?

  • Discuss the following elements found in most narratives:

    • Beginning: Characters and conflict are introduced.

    • Middle: The conflict progresses.

    • End: The conflict is resolved.


  • Have students create a three-panel narrative comic.
    • Panel 1:  Introduce the characters and a conflict, or problem.
    • Panel 2: The conflict becomes worse.
    • Panel 3: The conflict is resolved.


  • Display student comics in the classroom or online.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.

  • Provide a printed sample comic for student reference.

  • Allow students to use a Story Starter.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

Suggested Story Starters: