Make a Connection: My Culture

Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Expression, Communication, Connection, Conflict

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will access and evaluate information about different cultures.

Know Before You Start: Students should be able to identify a cultural group to which they belong.


  • Ask students:
    • Why is it important to be able to share information about your background in a different language?”
    • What are some advantages of sharing information about your culture and background when you travel?”
    • “How does learning another language help us appreciate other cultures?”


  • As a class, have students identify a culture or community group to which they belong.
  • Have students share aspects of their culture that are interesting or unique.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that portrays several examples of things important to their culture or another culture, e.g., history, traditions, etc.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the aspects of culture featured in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to be able to talk about culture and history in a different language.
  • Emphasize that learning languages helps us think about our own background and appreciate differences and similarities across cultures.
  • Have students do a gallery walk to look for similarities and differences across cultures.


  • 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 scripts in English first, then the target language, if they find it difficult to create original sentences in the target language.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.


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