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The generalized use of guns is also a problem, although the number of crimes is lower than in the s. The North won and the slaves were freed. But, for the most part, they lived separately from white people until the s. Many children also play soccer. People go to America for a better life, more freedom, and many people think they will become rich.
However, life in the United States today is not always easy for immigrants. If they do not speak much English, they cannot get good jobs. Life in the United States: Although there are a lot of Spanish speakers in the southwest, English remains the first language. The United States is a big country, with four time zones, and there are a lot of differences between different parts of the country.
Not everybody lives the same way. There are big cities, like New York and Los Angeles, but a great part of the country is farmland, desert, and mountainous regions. Some people live near oceans or great lakes while others have never even seen an ocean. Nearly everybody in the country, except vegetarians, eat hot dogs and hamburgers, but some people eat food that other Americans have never tasted—and never will unless they go to that part of the country. Nearly everybody has one or more cars, TVs and music systems, and everybody celebrates the same national holidays.
But some people are very, very rich and others are very, very poor. It is a country wishing for unity and peace, but many people own guns—and use them to hurt or kill other people. It is a country full of possibilities and promise; it is a country of striking contrasts. Background and themes Discussion activities America before Columbus: America used to be a wild and beautiful country with very few people and many wild animals.
Native Americans lived off the land. Pages 1—6 Before reading Pages 20— This section of the book introduces information about entertainment and holidays. The movie industry is very important in the United States. In , movie makers moved to Hollywood and in The Jazz Singer became the first movie with sound.
People listen to all sorts of music, and some albums are sold by the million. Country music is very popular.
Americans love television and watch an average of nearly 4 hours a day. The percentage of the audience that watches the most popular TV shows, however, is lower than it used to be because of the increasing number of channels. PBS is the only free channel with no commercials, and Americans help finance it. But these white men took land away from them, and they became bitter enemies. People from Africa were brought to America from as early as the s to work as slaves for the white men.
Have students talk about things that they saw differently in their own town or country after they had visited another town or country and say why. Divide students into small groups and have them talk about them. What does the average person in your country dream of? Are people in your country very different from Americans, do you think? Why not? Then have them imagine that they are representatives from the North and the South in a meeting in the s and talk about keeping slavery or putting an end to it.
Divide the class into two groups. One group is for and the other against the motion. Give the groups a few minutes to prepare their arguments.
When the debate is over, the students vote for or against the motion. They use their answers in the Worksheet to replace the letters. Tell them: The answer is a year. What happened in that year? Do you know? After they answer, read out the following sentences and ask them if they are true or false: In the United States there are … a more European people than African-American, Asian and Hispanic people. After reading 7 Group work: Divide the class into groups.
Ask them to write a list of reasons why the United States is a nice country for immigrants and a list of reasons why it is not. Groups share their ideas and say if they would like to live in the United States. Ask them to solve these problems: Americans eat 20,,, hot dogs in a year. This is 60 hot dogs for every person in the country. Students then say if they have tried hot dogs and whether they like them. Ask them: Is the information on pages 8 and 9 facts or opinions?
Tell students: Americans love cars and use them a lot. Which of these things do you think they can do in their cars? After reading 11 Pair work: Put the students into pairs. Tell them: These problems are not new.
Are these problems today the same as in the past? Are they getting worse? How do you know? Students share their conclusions with the class. Ask them to read carefully their section of the book. Have them close the books and give each group a slip of paper with the following numbers: a Baseball: — — — — — 47 b American football and soccer: — 2. At school or at home, they search the Internet for more information about them and share it with the class.
After reading 14 Research and artwork: Students search the Internet for information about any of the famous TV shows mentioned in the book and make a poster to announce the last episode. Groups write a brief outline of their section with the most outstanding information. Vocabulary activities For the Word List and vocabulary activities, go to www.
American Life. Penguin Readers (Level 2)
The generalized use of guns is also a problem, although the number of crimes is lower than in the s. The North won and the slaves were freed. But, for the most part, they lived separately from white people until the s. Many children also play soccer. People go to America for a better life, more freedom, and many people think they will become rich. However, life in the United States today is not always easy for immigrants.
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