Panel layout isn't of the utmost importance. Panels 2 and 3 are two triangles that make up a complete rectangle, with the caption listed in panel 2 applying to both. Also, give sufficient space to the final moments in panels 6 and 7.
A young Grant walks with a friend on his first day of high school. Grant looks unhappy (maybe even slightly angry). Grant's word balloon's lines are dark and jagged, to emphasize his dread. The school is in the background as they head towards it.
(1) CAPTION (GRANT): Going into high school, I thought that English was the absolute worst, most boring subject.
(2) GRANT: [picture of a book]
(3) CAPTION (GRANT): I hated that it was mandatory.
Grant sits at home, reading a book with a big smile on his face.
(4) CAPTION (GRANT): Because while I'd always liked to read, I'd never actually enjoyed an English class.
Grant sits in class, bored to tears. Mrs. Palis, an elderly teacher, stands at the front of the class, lecturing. Her word balloon is icy to illustrate her cold disinterest in the topic.
(5) MRS. PALIS: [picture of a book]
A different class, the following year. Mr. Hodgson stands at the front of the class, talking to his students (you can tell it's him because his name is written on the board). He is happy and excited. His students sit politely, while Grant perks up, as if realizing something for the first time.
(6) CAPTION (GRANT): But all that changed with Grade 10 English.
(7) MR. HODGSON: [picture of a book]!
Like in panel 1, Grant walks to school with the same friend. However, this time Grant is happy and excited. His friend listens on with interest.
(8) CAPTION (GRANT): Mr. Hodgson's enthusiasm was infectious.
(9) GRANT: [picture of a book]!
Like in panel 4, Grant sits in class. Mr. Hodgson is once again at the front, lecturing. While it is now a different topic, he is as happy and excited as ever. Grant is also happy and excited, but he looks like he's having yet another epiphany.
(10) CAPTION (GRANT): So much so that come Grade 12, by my own choosing, I took three different English classes.
(11) MR. HODGSON: [picture of a pencil]
Insert panel towards the right side of panel 6. Close up of Grant's mouth as he speaks quietly. His word balloon is small, as is the image within it, to emphasize the low volume of his words.
(12) GRANT: [picture of a pencil]...
Thank you, Mr. Hodgson. You've had a bigger impact on my life than you may ever know.