I did a simple presentation about the Mexican Day of the Dead and explained the origins of the celebration using the ppt. Afterwards; I split the class into 4 groups and had them figure out the significance of every different article used on the altar (word doc). They were first asked to circle cognates and then had to figure out the English and report back to the class.From the pdf file I used to comparisons handout (Halloween vs D.D) and had them jot down new information as I delivered the presentation at first; and then when their peers reported back on their assigned altar articles.
I've used this activity to showcase my hometown of Quebec City using Google Street View. Works really well when you have a good high speed connection, certainly got my students thinking outside of France for a change!