Vocabulary: Get the Picture!

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 20 - 30 mins

Topic: Vocabulary

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will determine and clarify unknown vocabulary words by creating a comic version of the Frayer Model.

Know Before You Start: The Frayer Model is a popular graphic organizer to assist students in deepening their understanding of vocabulary. The Frayer Model asks students to analyze the vocabulary word for its definition, characteristics, example, and non-example (an example of what the word doesn’t mean).


  • Share the sample comic with students.  

  • Discuss how each part of the comic helps to better understand the vocabulary term. 

  • Using the comic as a guide, have students sketch the Frayer Model four square graphic organizer and practice completing it for familiar vocabulary words.


  • Provide students with important vocabulary terms for an upcoming lesson. 

  • Give each student or pair of students a vocabulary term to analyze and illustrate. 

  • Using the comic as a guide, students will create a four-panel, Frayer Model, to demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary terms.

Closure: Share the finished vocabulary comics with the whole class to introduce them to the new vocabulary terms.


  • Provide pre-made Frayer Model organizer. 

  • Allow students to work with a partner.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.