Using Thanksgiving Humor to Teach Language & Culture

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These cartoons are great for eliciting conversation with the high-intermediate and advanced students and for gaining insights into their cultural awareness.  Why do the students think these cartoons are humorous to Americans?  Would they be equally funny in other cultures? Are they offensive in any way?  Are they relevant to any current issues in the world?  If so, do they express a viewpoint? What can they imagine might have happened prior to the event in each picture?  What might have followed?  Might there be a different punch line?  Are the cartoons absurd or realistic?  Why are they connected to the Thanksgiving holiday?  Elaborate.  What would the students suggest as an idea for a cultural cartoon?

waveturk02Happy Thanksgiving!

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