Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Culture, Communication, Comparisons, Expression

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 7, 8, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will compare the cultures studied and their own.

Know Before You Start: Students should be able to identify aspects of culture and know basic facts about different cultures, including cultures where the target language is spoken.


  • Ask students:
    • “What are some interesting things you’ve learned about the countries where (insert language) is spoken?”
    • “Why is it important to compare different cultures?”
    • “How does learning about culture help us respect customs in other countries?”


  • As a class, have students share what they’ve learned about the cultures that speak the target language.
  • Have students share their favorite cultural traditions or elements from their own culture or where the target language is spoken.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic comparing and contrasting several aspects of culture.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the cultural elements featured in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to be able to talk about and compare different cultures.
  • Emphasize that part of learning a language is learning about culture to help create respect and appreciation for people from different backgrounds.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Students may not strongly identify with a culture; help them brainstorm a culture or community to which they belong.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.