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The Reading / Tapescript Phrase Match Listening Gap Fill Listening / Reading Gap Fill Choose the Correct Word Multiple Choice Spelling Put the Text Back Together Scrambled Sentences Discussion Student Survey Writing Homework 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

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This dates back to 1268. settlers and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide. New Orleans and Venice. Thousands of people from all over the world visit these cities to join in the fun. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro. dancing and all-night partying in the streets. In Catholic countries. colourful carnivals all over the world. These can be wonderful. Explorers. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro. Today. Copyright © www. Mardi Gras is the final day of a three-day period.com 3 . Mardi Gras is a riot of colour. people fast during lent. It is the name of a celebration that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday. Louisiana. Australia. Many people dress up in spectacular costumes and wear beautiful masks. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and attend special masked balls. The tradition of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe.ESL Holiday Lessons. In Sydney. which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. street carnivals. and New Orleans. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world. which marks the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent.MARDI GRAS THE READING / TAPESCRIPT "Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. called Carnevale di Venezia. Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian community with street parades and costumes. Brazil. marching bands. People eat well the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations.

e. Copyright © www. all over the world the Venetian streets and lesbian community spectacular costumes of colour carnivals in the world 2 b. f. 6. e. 5. c. 6. before Ash Wednesday tradition worldwide period of Lent back hundreds of years day before Ash Wednesday day period 2 b. 3. 4. 5.ESL Holiday Lessons. Paragraph 1 1. Paragraph 2 1.com 4 . Mardi Gras is a riot Many people dress up in Thousands of people from Venice is home to one of the oldest mask-wearing revelers fill celebrated by the city’s gay a. f. d. a celebration that takes place on the the beginning of the 40-day the final day of a threePeople eat well the day The tradition of Mardis Gras goes missionaries exported the a. c.MARDI GRAS PHRASE MATCH Match the following phrases from the article. d. 3. 4.

Louisiana.com 5 . People __________________ before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations.ESL Holiday Lessons. dancing and all-night partying in the streets. which marks the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and attend special masked balls. Copyright © www. settlers and missionaries __________________ worldwide. Today. In Sydney. Brazil. It is the name of a celebration __________________ the day before Ash Wednesday. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world. In Catholic countries. The ____________________ in Rio de Janeiro. street carnivals. which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. and New Orleans. Mardi Gras is __________________. Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian community with street __________________. called Carnevale di Venezia. marching bands. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro. people fast during lent. These can be wonderful. New Orleans and Venice. Thousands of people __________________ the world visit these cities __________________. The tradition of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers. colourful carnivals all over the world.MARDI GRAS LISTENING GAP FILL "Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. Many people dress __________________ costumes and wear beautiful masks. Australia. __________________ 1268. Mardi Gras is __________________ three-day period.

MARDI GRAS WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL Put the words into the gaps in the text. This dates back to 1268. colourful carnivals all __________ the world. Venice is home to one of the __________ carnivals in the world. called Carnevale di Venezia. Copyright © www. These can be wonderful. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers __________ the Venetian streets and __________ special masked balls. Thousands of people from all __________ the world visit these cities to join in the fun. dancing and all-__________ partying in the streets. "Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. The __________ of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe.com 6 . and New Orleans. __________ carnivals. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro. Louisiana. It is the __________ of a celebration that takes place on the day __________ Ash Wednesday. attend masks oldest community street over fill night Australia. Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian __________ with street parades and costumes. In Catholic countries. marching bands. Brazil. Mardi Gras is a riot of colour. which marks the beginning of the 40-day tradition final name over before during settlers period __________ of Lent. In Sydney. __________ and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide. Many people dress up in spectacular costumes and wear beautiful __________. New Orleans and Venice. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro. Today. People eat well the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. people fast __________ lent. Explorers. Mardi Gras is the __________ day of a three-day period which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.ESL Holiday Lessons.

marching bands. Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian community with street parade / parades and costumes. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world. The traditional / tradition of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro. "Mardi Gras" is French for / by “Fat Tuesday”. colourful carnivals all overall / over the world. This date / dates back to 1268.ESL Holiday Lessons. street carnivals. Mardi Gras is the final / finally day of a three-day period which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. People eat well / good the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. Copyright © www. Brazil. Explorers. These can be wonderful. Thousands / Thousand of people from all over the world visit these cities to join in / on the fun. settlers / settles and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide. called Carnevale di Venezia. people fast during lent. Louisiana.MARDI GRAS CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics. Today. It is the name of a celebration that takes placed / place on the day before Ash Wednesday. and New Orleans. In Sydney. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro. In Catholic countries.com 7 . Many people dress on / up in spectacular costumes and wearing / wear beautiful masks. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and attend special masked hoops / balls. Australia. New Orleans and Venice. dancing and all-night partying in the streets. which marks the beginning of the 40-day during / period of Lent. Mardi Gras is a riot of colour / colourful.

called Carnevale di Venezia.ESL Holiday Lessons. people fast during lent. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and (11) ____ special masked balls. and New Orleans. 12. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro. Many people dress up (8) ____ spectacular costumes and wear beautiful masks.MARDI GRAS MULTIPLE CHOICE "Mardi Gras" is French (1) ____ “Fat Tuesday”. (3) ____ starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Australia. marching bands. street carnivals. Put the correct words from this table into the article. 4. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro. settlers and missionaries (6) ____ the tradition worldwide. This (10) ____ back to 1268. 7. 10. Louisiana. In Sydney. Mardi Gras is the final day of a three-day period. Thousands of people from all over the world visit (9) ____ cities to join in the fun. Mardi Gras is a riot of (7) ____. 6. Brazil. 5. It is the name of a celebration that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday. 3.com 8 . Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian communities (12) ____ street parades and costumes. These can be wonderful. dancing and all-night partying in the streets. (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) for marking when bold traditions exported colouring along these date attendance from (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) from marker which cold tradition exporting coloured for them dates attendee at (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) with markings where hold traditionally exporter colour to this dating attend for (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) by marks whom fold traditional export colourful up then dateline attended with Copyright © www. 2. Explorers. The (5) ____ of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. 1. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world. colourful carnivals all over the world. New Orleans and Venice. which (2) ____ the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent. Today. In Catholic countries. 9. People eat well the day before Ash Wednesday and (4) ____ celebrations. 11. 8.

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(Write your own questions) STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Copyright © www. 3. 5. 4. 6.MARDI GRAS DISCUSSION 1.com -----------------------------------------------------------------------------MARDI GRAS DISCUSSION 1. 3. 6.ESL Holiday Lessons. (Write your own questions) STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ 12 Copyright © www. 2.com . 2.ESL Holiday Lessons. 5. 4.

STUDENT 2 _____________ STUDENT 3 _____________ Q. Do this in pairs/groups. Q. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.1. Write down their answers. Q. Q. Copyright © www. STUDENT 1 _____________ Q.ESL Holiday Lessons. Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out. interview other students.com 13 .4.3.MARDI GRAS THE MARDI GRAS SURVEY Write five questions about Mardi Gras in the table. Without your partner.5. Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.2.

ESL Holiday Lessons. Show your partner your paper.MARDI GRAS WRITING Write about Mardi Gras for 10 minutes.com 14 . Correct each other’s work. _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ _____________________________________________________________________________ _ Copyright © www.

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3. Write about will happen on this day around the world. POSTER: Make your own poster about Mardi Gras. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Mardi Gras. 2. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Mardi Gras. Give each other feedback on your articles. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.MARDI GRAS HOMEWORK 1. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson.com 16 . VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text.ESL Holiday Lessons. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Copyright © www. Write about what happens around the world. Give each other feedback on your articles. 4.

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