This superhero comic strip was used after reading the book Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero. It targets the student's ability to recall and retell events from the story while changing present tense verbs from the book to the irregular past tense.
The following are the words to fill in. It may be provided as a word bank if students are unsure which word to fill in.
The lesson plan:
Today, we will retell a story in order to practice using irregular past tense verbs.
Create comic strip by illustrating Eliot’s adventures with sentence frames to fill in with the appropriately conjugated past tense irregular verb.
Share comic strips by retelling Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero in the past tense.
This activity targets using irregular past tense verbs at the sentence level.
Strike. Is that present or past tense? Present. So what word are you looking for? Struck.
Write “Today” and “Yesterday” to cue the tense
Sentence starter: Today I….. But yesterday I…
Sentence frame: Yesterday, I ___ my brother to stop bothering me.
Binary choice: Yesterday I told my brother, or yesterday I tell my brother?
Repeat back any incomprehensible utterances for student model and to increase peer understanding
Provide example of appropriately conjugated verb at word level/sentence level.
By day, Eliot was a quiet, young boy. He read his books. He fed his goldfish. He saw his neighbor through the window.
But when the clock struck midnight, Eliot was a superhero!
He hung out of a helicopter. He gave a teddy bear back to a baby who had dropped it. He led the lions back to the zoo.
Eliot snuck into the jewel thief's hideout and returned the jewels to the grateful queen. He saved the world from the destruction of a meteor.
Being a midnight superhero was tiring. When the sun came up, Eliot felt tired from his busy night and rested.