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, an example, and a non-example.


  • 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 vocabulary for an upcoming lesson. 

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

  • Have students create a four-panel comic using the Frayer Model to demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary.


  • Share the finished comics with the whole class.


  • Provide a pre-made Frayer Model organizer. 

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.