Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Expression, Communication, Emotion

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will interact and negotiate meaning in written conversations in the target language to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with vocabulary terms for emotions and feelings, e.g., happy, sad, angry, hurt, tired, etc.


  • Ask students:
    • “What are some emotions and feelings you know?”
    • “Why is it important to be able to express feelings in another language?”
    • “What are some ways we can talk about and show feelings?”


  • As a class, have students discuss vocabulary for emotions and feelings and discuss different ways to talk about feelings.
  • Have students create a dialogue in the target language that has characters sharing their feelings.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic using facial expressions, body language, and their dialogue to express feelings.  


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the emotions or feelings in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to be able to communicate about emotions in a different language.
  • Emphasize that not all languages have the same interpretation of some feelings; for example, “tired” in English is both sleepy and exhausted.


  • 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 find it helpful to draft their dialogue in English first, then the target language. Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.


Suggested Story Starters: