Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Expression, Communication, Connection, Culture, Presentation

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:


Brief Description: Students will build, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the target language to solve problems creatively.

Know Before You Start: Students should have fluency in the target language sufficient to create a basic dialogue that solves a problem.


  • Ask students:
    • “Why is it important to be able to express problems in a different language?”
    • “What are some problems that may come up when traveling in another country?”
    • “How can we describe problem-solving in a different language?”


  • As a class, have students brainstorm problems they have sufficient vocabulary to discuss.
  • Have students identify creative solutions and choose one problem to write about, e.g., replacing something that was lost, finding the way to a destination, or helping someone who is hurt.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that portrays a creative solution to a problem. 


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the problem and solution featured in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to be able to talk about problems in a different language.
  • Discuss creative ways to overcome a language barrier, such as body language, gestures, or mimes. 
  • Emphasize that learning languages often requires creative solutions to communication difficulties. 


  • 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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