Storytelling: Conflicts and Resolutions

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Narrative Writing (Story Sequence)

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will hone their story sequence skills while creating a narrative comic. 

Know Before You Start: It helps if students understand that fictional narratives often have a conflict and a resolution. 


  • Read and discuss the sample comic focusing on the story sequence.  What was the purpose of the first three panels? What was the conflict? How was it resolved at the end? 

  • Explain that many narratives have a clear sequence of events that includes an exposition, conflict, and resolution.

Activity: Have students create a comic describing an experience they have had. The comic should include an exposition, a conflict, and a resolution at the end. 

Closure: Have students share and discuss the comics focusing on the sequence of events. 


  • Provide a list of transition words.

  • Utilize sentence frames as needed.

  • Provide a story map for students to organize their narratives.  


Suggested Story Starters: