Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 - 60 mins

Topic: Verb Tenses

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5

Objective: Critical thinking, Narration

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1

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

Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic, panel 4 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic, panel 5 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic, panel 6

Comic 2

Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic #2, panel 1 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic #2, panel 2 Verb Tenses - Exemplar comic #2, panel 3

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. For example: 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.

Activity:

  • 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.

Differentiation:

  • 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.

Resources:

  • Comics for print or display: Comic 1  Comic 2
  • Provide other examples of past, present, future tense to extend understanding (ex: last year, this year, next year)