Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Narrative Writing

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

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?  The middle? The End?

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

  • Discuss the following elements found in most narratives:

  • The beginning: introduces characters and conflict

  • The middle: the conflict progresses

  • The end: the conflict is resolved

Activity: Have students create a three panel narrative comic.

  • Panel 1:  Introduce the characters and a conflict, or problem.
  • Panel 2: The conflict should get worse and worse
  • Panel 3: The conflict gets resolved

Closure: Display student comics in class or online.


  • Students can work independently, in groups, or with a partner.

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

  • Provide printout of the sample comic for student reference.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic.