Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 - 60 mins

Topic: Verb Tenses

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will work on using present, past, and future tenses with appropriate time markers when speaking and writing.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of concepts of past, present, and future. Use this lesson as a culminating activity once you have taught the past, present, and future verb tenses.

Comic 1

Comic 2

Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic.

  • Is each caption in present, past, or future tense?
  • Point out the commonalities and differences when changing the verb between tenses. E.g., Typically when we talk about the past, we add ed, in the present we add ing. Draw attention to the usage of the helping verb “will” to show future tense.


  • Using Comic 2 as a guide, have students create a comic that uses captions to show the definitions of past, present, and future tenses.

  • Have the students give examples the verb tenses inside the speech bubbles.

Closure: Have students practice reading their comics aloud to a partner or small group to promote oral language skills. Provide immediate feedback as students are speaking to help reinforce the proper tenses.


  • Provide sentence stems as needed.

  • Allow students to use the speech to text feature.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Provide a list of common verbs and their conjugations.


  • Comics to print or display: Comic 1Comic 2.

  • Provide other examples of past, present, future tense to extend understanding e.g., last year, this year, next year.