⁣Lesson Plan: A Taste of Two Cultures: Comparing McDonald's in the US and Japan

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⁣Lesson Plan: A Taste of Two Cultures: Comparing McDonald's in the US and Japan

Grade Level: 9-12

Subject: Social Studies, Cultural Studies

Duration: 90 minutes

Learning Objectives:

- Compare and contrast McDonald's in the US and Japan in terms of menu offerings, marketing strategies, and cultural influences
- Analyze the impact of globalization on fast food chains and cultural exchange
- Evaluate the role of cultural adaptation in the success of international franchises
- Develop critical thinking and research skills through independent inquiry

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7: Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-12.9: Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

- Internet access or printed materials with information about McDonald's in the US and Japan
- Writing materials (paper and writing utensils)
- Optional: Samples of McDonald's menu items from both countries


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Engage students by asking them about their familiarity with McDonald's and if they have ever visited a McDonald's in the US or Japan.
- Provide a brief overview of the lesson's objective: to compare and contrast McDonald's in the US and Japan.

2. Research and Analysis (30 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups or pairs.
- Instruct students to research and gather information about McDonald's in the US and Japan, focusing on menu offerings, marketing strategies, and cultural influences.
- Encourage students to explore various sources such as articles, videos, and firsthand accounts to gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic.
- Provide guiding questions to help students structure their research and analysis, such as:
- What are the similarities and differences in menu items between the US and Japan?
- How does McDonald's adapt its marketing strategies to target different cultures?
- What cultural influences can be observed in McDonald's offerings in each country?

3. Group Discussion (20 minutes):
- Bring the students together for a group discussion.
- Each group should present their findings and share their analysis of McDonald's in the US and Japan.
- Encourage other students to ask questions and engage in a meaningful discussion about the similarities and differences they have discovered.

4. Reflective Writing (15 minutes):
- Ask students to individually reflect on the impact of globalization on fast food chains like McDonald's.
- Prompt them to consider how cultural adaptation contributes to the success or challenges faced by international franchises.
- Students should write a short reflection paper, citing evidence from their research to support their ideas.

5. Optional Tasting Activity (15 minutes):
- If available, provide samples of McDonald's menu items from both the US and Japan.
- Allow students to taste and compare the flavors, ingredients, and cultural influences of the selected items.
- Facilitate a discussion about their observations and preferences.

6. Conclusion (10 minutes):
- Summarize the key points discussed throughout the lesson.
- Encourage students to reflect on the significance of cultural adaptation and globalization in the context of international fast food chains.

- Group presentation and participation in the discussion
- Reflection paper on the impact of globalization and cultural adaptation in fast food chains

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