A WebQuest for 7th and
8th Grade French
Jameson P. Hill
You and your team members are going to introduce your school and your families to the world of French cheeses by doing online research and then using the information you gather to create a detailed report that includes regions, types, and attributes.
During your quest you will learn a little about French culture and the cheese-making process. As you may know, the French are very proud of their culture and very proud of their products; in particular, their many cheeses. It is said that in France there is a different cheese for every day of the year. France exports a wide variety of these cheeses to the United States so that we may enjoy them as well.
The varieties include: Abbaye de Belloc, Abondance, Beaufort, BlanCreme, Bleu d'Auvergne, Brebicet, Brebiou, Camembert, Cantadou, Cantal, Chevre d'Argental, Chevrotin, Comte, Cremoulin, Emmental, Fleur de Maquis, Florette, Fol Epi, Fourme d'Ambert, Gaperon, Laguiole, Livarot, Madrigal, Mimolette, Mont Roc, Neufchatel, Ossau Iraty, Reblochon, Roquefort, Tourmalet, and Valencay.
- You will conduct research on the various French cheeses by using the Internet and collecting information to answer important questions.
- Using Word, your team will write a report in English that addresses those questions. Your report will be double-spaced, using a 12pt font. Be sure to include a strong introduction and conclusion. Your team will also create an iMovie trailer in French about your cheese.
- This project will culminate in a cheese-tasting party.
First, you will be divided into teams of 3 researchers.
- Each team will answer the following questions:
Pick 2 cheeses from each category (cow's milk/goat's milk/sheep's
- From the cheeses listed above, which are made from cow's
- From the cheeses listed above, which are made from goat's
- From the cheeses listed above, which are made from sheep's
- Each team will answer the following questions based on the
6 cheeses they have chosen:
From the 6 cheeses you chose, each member of your team will pick
and find it at a local store/market in order to taste it and bring it
in to share.
- Does the name have a particular meaning?
- What region of
France does it come from?
- What are some of its attributes?
(ex: texture, firmness,
- What are the people like in that region?
- What is your personal
opinion of the cheese?
- How does it taste/smell?
- Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
- Can you find a recipe that uses your cheese?
Bravo! You are now a certified cheese expert and can answer just about any question about how the different cheeses are made. You will impress friends and family with your knowledge, and you might even be able to suggest which type of cheese will go with that bottle of wine your parents are serving at their next dinner party (sorry, no wine tasting for you!).
You, yourself, may not like the particular cheese you tasted, but your opinion may help others to decide if it's the right cheese for them. I applaud you for your willingness to try new things, especially some of the more pungent cheeses. Don't let the smell decide for you. As they say in France, the smelliest cheeses often taste the best!