ESL Lesson Plan for Mardi Gras
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ESL Activities for Mardi Gras - Mardi Gras ESL Lesson
Mardi Gras Vocabulary
Read the definitions and rearrange the letters to make words taken from the text.
Parades, dances, colorful costumes, wild celebrations and fatty foods are the hallmarks of the popular holiday called Mardi Gras which is French for Fat Tuesday.
Mardi Gras is celebrated in many Catholic European nations, Canada and some parts of the United States. It is held the day before Ash Wednesday while it is a weeklong celebration in some nations. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is traditionally a celebration involving the consumption of rich fatty foods before the ritual fasting during the Lenten Season which starts on Ash Wednesday, thus the name. Mardi Gras has later evolved into very festive celebrations whose reasons included thanksgiving. In some nations, ritual confessions are held during Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras celebrations differ from nation to nation. Most nations celebrate the holiday with festive parades, music, singing and dancing, colorful masks and costumes and food of all kinds. Because of its festive nature, it has grown to include non-Christian peoples and most are unaware of the true reasons for the celebrations. Mardi Gras is celebrated in many Christian nations like Italy, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and some parts of the United States with French heritage.
The foundation of the capital of the state of Louisiana happened at Mardi Gras which is why the festival was associated with the founding. When the capital was moved to New Orleans, the festival became strongly associated with New Orleans instead of the pre-Lent tradition. In recent times, Mardi Gras celebrations are also held in States without French heritage.
Use of – ing Form
Below are sentences that include the –ing form. Decide which sentences is using:
Look in the text about Mardi Gras and underline all the –ing forms and decide what the form is being used for.
Use the internet to research participle clauses.
Look at the text again and write one sentence summarizing the purpose of each paragraph
Where may you find this type of text? Choose from the following and discuss your answer with a partner.
Free Discussion Practice
Talk to the people in your group about parades.
Think about a time when you had to wear special clothes of a costume. Write 3 – 4 paragraphs about:
Fill in the gaps in the sentences below with words from the first vocabulary activity.