Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Culture, Communication, Comparisons, Expression, Poetry, Language

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will interpret and analyze a poem written in the target language for cultural understanding.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should be able to identify aspects of culture, including language conventions that may be used in poetry.
  • Students should know basic facts about different cultures, including cultures where the target language is spoken.
  • Students should have target language knowledge sufficient for interpreting an appropriate-level poem.


  • Ask students:
    • “How can we learn about a poet’s perspective through their poetry?”
    • “What makes poetry a special kind of writing?”
    • “What skills can we use to interpret a poem written in a different language?”


  • As a class, have students share a poem that they know in English.
  • Have students analyze what that poem means and how its origins reflect a cultural background, e.g., “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” reflects curiosity and wonder.
  • Have students explore a poem in the target language.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that explains the meaning of the poem and its cultural relevance.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the poem featured in their comic.
  • Discuss other things that can be learned about culture through poetry.
  • Emphasize that poetry often uses figurative language that allows us to get a different perspective.


  • 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 interpreting or analyzing a poem, especially if it uses figurative language.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.