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Mardi Gras Webquest

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Mardi Gras Webquest

An Internet WebQuest on Mardi Gras

created by madamegivre
Hoffman Estates High School

Introduction | The Task | The Process | Conclusion |



Introduction
When you hear the words 'Mardi Gras,' what comes to mind? A commercial for instant dirty rice mix? Raucous jazz? Images of women flashing their bodies in exchange for plastic trinkets?

That is a very narrow, media-driven perspective on Mardi Gras. You are going to gain a wider, more accurate view on one of the most fun celebrations in the French-speaking world.

 


Task
How do people around the Francophone world celebrate Mardi Gras? What are the historical origins of the celebration? How do the celebrations differ from region to region?

 


Process
You will be researching ONE area in which people celebrate Mardi Gras: Martinique, Nice, New Orleans, or Québec. You should start with the pages that are labeled 'Background Information' before going on to your part. Each region has its own questions to answer and a separate set of web sites to use.

 

Phase 1 - Background Information
Before you investigate the celebration in your specific area, please answer the following background questions. Use the linked sites to find your answers.

1) What is Mardi Gras?
2) Why do people celebrate it?
3) What are the origins of the celebration?

 


Phase 2 - Roles
Mardi Gras is not celebrated the same way in every part of the Francophone world. Lots of different traditions exist. Investigate the sites below and answer the questions to gain a more focused perspective on Mardi Gras.

Martinique -- Carnaval or Vaval:

  • Carnaval en Martinique
  • Carnaval for Tourists
  • Please answer the following questions. Use the linked sites to find your answers.

    1) When does it take place?
    2) Who is Vaval, and what happens to him?
    3) Describe the theme and activities for EACH day.
    4) What are the parades like?

    Nice, France -- Carnaval de Nice:

    • Carnaval de Nice
    • Personal Account of Nice Carnaval
    • Please answer the following questions. Use the linked sites to find your answers.

      1) When does it take place?
      2) Describe the king of Carnaval.
      3) What is the theme for this year?
      4) What have some of the themes been in the past?
      5) What are the parades like?
      6) How does Carnaval end?

      New Orleans, Louisiana -- Mardi Gras:

      • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
      • Krewes and their Schedules
      • Throws, Balls, and Music
      • Please answer the following questions. Use the linked sites to find your answers.

        1) When does it take place?
        2) What is a krewe?
        3) What do krewes do?
        4) What are the parades like?
        5) What are throws?
        6) What are the balls like?

        Québec, Canada -- Carnaval d'Hiver:

        • Carnaval d'Hiver 2011
        • Carnaval d'Hiver 2010
        • Please answer the following questions. Use the linked sites to find your answers.

          1) When does it take place?
          2) Who is Bonhomme, what role does he play, and where does he live?
          3) What kinds of races take place?
          4) What are the parades like?
          5) What other events take place?

           

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