Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Culture, Communication, Comparisons, Expression, Perspectives

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 6, 7, 8, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will focus on understanding one product (books, art, food, clothing, music, etc.) of a culture related to the language being studied and the perspectives (attitudes, meanings, values, etc.) that are revealed through the use of the product chosen.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should be able to identify aspects of culture, including traditions and art.
  • Students should know basic facts about different cultures, including cultures where the target language is spoken.
  • Students should be able to identify traits of an element of culture, such as literature, art, music, clothing, or food.


  • Ask students:
    • “How do literature, art, and music help express perspectives in a culture?”
    • “What can we learn about a culture from traditional food or clothing?”
    • “How can we understand more about a culture by learning about traditions and artistic expression?”


  • As a class, have students discuss what they’ve learned about music and the arts and what they know about traditional dress and food in cultures that speak the target language.
  • Have students choose one element of culture to evaluate, e.g., food, music, clothing, etc.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that uses that cultural product to identify a trait or perspective.


  • 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 compare tradition and arts from different cultures.
  • Emphasize that part of learning about cultural elements helps 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 need assistance choosing a cultural element or identifying what they can learn about a culture from that work of art, literature, or tradition.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.