Culture Shock Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan will help your students understand what culture shock is and the stages of culture shock. Using clips from a popular film as examples, students will identify and discuss behaviors in order to identify the stage of culture shock portrayed in the film clip.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Define culture shock and reverse culture shock.
  • List the stages of culture shock.
  • Identify which stage of culture shock is being portrayed in a film clip.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Materials Needed

  • Crocodile Dundee movie clips
  • SmartBoard or projector
  • Culture Shock: Definition, Stages & Examples Quiz (1 per student)


  • Culture shock
  • Reverse culture shock


  • Begin the lesson by showing a selected clip from the movie, Crocodile Dundee, which shows the culture shock that Crocodile Dundee experienced when he went to New York City. (Several of the scenes in the hotel room would be excellent examples.)
  • Ask the students how they think Crocodile Dundee felt when everything in the city was strange and unusual. Tell them this feeling has a name - culture shock - and they're going to learn about it today.
  • Display the video for the lesson Culture Shock: Definition, Stages & Examples. Play the first section of the video, 'What is Culture Shock' and pause it at about 1:10.
  • Ask the students:
    • What is culture shock?
    • What are some reasons that you might experience culture shock?
    • Have any of you ever felt this way? When?
  • Tell the students that as they watch the next section of the video, they should try to remember the stages of culture shock. Continue the video, watching the section called, 'Stages of Culture Shock,' and stop the video at about 3:55.
  • Ask the students to try to name the stages of culture shock.
  • What are some factors that affect how fast people move through the stages?
  • Ask the students how they think people feel when they finally return to their home cultures. Are they relieved? Let's find out. . .
  • Show the final section of the video from 3:55 to the end.
  • Ask the students if they were correct about what happens when you return back to your own culture. Did they predict 'reverse culture shock?'

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