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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the birth of the country’s flag on June 14, 1777. It was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson recommended a day for all Americans to celebrate their flag. His recommendation was passed into law by an Act of Congress in 1949. Flag Day is not, however, an official federal holiday. The state of Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state to celebrate the day as a state holiday. The U.S. President does have the power to tell other states to observe the day. The President also asks citizens to fly the American flag from their houses for a week. There are Flag Day parades all across America. The largest one is in the town of Troy, New York. This attracts up to 50,000 spectators.

The flag of the United States is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. It consists of thirteen horizontal red and white stripes. There is a blue rectangle, with fifty small, white stars, in the top left corner. The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen former British colonies that rebelled against Britain and led to independence. The fifty stars represent the fifty U.S. states. The current flag has been around since 1959, which is when Hawaii, state number 50, joined the United States. There are several nicknames for the flag, including the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Most Americans are extremely proud of their flag and all it represents. It arouses complex feelings in different people around the world.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It commemorates the birth

a.

celebrate their flag

2

a day for all Americans to

b.

across America

3.

Flag Day is not, however, an

c.

to 50,000 spectators

4.

fly the American flag

d.

official federal holiday

5.

There are Flag Day parades all

e.

of the country’s flag

6.

This attracts up

f.

from their houses

 

Paragraph 2

1.

one of the most recognized

a.

against Britain

2

It consists of thirteen horizontal

b.

proud of their flag

3.

colonies that rebelled

c.

red and white stripes

4.

There are several nicknames

d.

symbols in the world

5.

Americans are extremely

e.

feelings

6.

It arouses complex

f.

for the flag


LISTENING GAP FILL

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates _______________ country’s flag on June 14, 1777. It was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson recommended _______________ Americans to celebrate their flag. His recommendation was passed into law by an Act of Congress in 1949. Flag Day is not, however, _______________ holiday. The state of Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state to celebrate the day as a state holiday. The U.S. President does have the _________________ states to observe the day. The President also asks citizens to fly the American flag from their houses for a week. There are Flag Day parades all across America. The largest _________________ Troy, New York. This _______________ 50,000 spectators.

The flag of the United States _________________ recognized symbols in the world. It consists of thirteen horizontal red and white stripes. There _________________, with fifty small, white stars, in the top left corner. The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen former British colonies _________________ Britain and led to independence. The fifty stars represent the fifty U.S. states. The current flag _________________ since 1959, which is when Hawaii, state number 50, joined the United States. There are ___________________ the flag, including the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Most Americans are extremely proud of their flag and all it represents. It _______________ feelings in different people around the world.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the __________ of the country’s flag on June 14, 1777. It was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson recommended a day for all Americans to __________ their flag. His recommendation was __________ into law by an Act of Congress in 1949. Flag Day is not, however, an __________ federal holiday. The state of Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state to celebrate the day as a state holiday. The U.S. President does have the __________ to tell other states to observe the day. The President also asks citizens to __________ the American flag from their houses for a week. There are Flag Day __________ all across America. The largest one is in the town of Troy, New York. This __________ up to 50,000 spectators.

 

 

 

passed
power
parades
birth
attracts
celebrate
fly
official

The flag of the United States is one of the __________ recognized symbols in the world. It __________ of thirteen horizontal red and white stripes. There is a blue rectangle, with fifty small, white stars, in the top left __________. The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen former British colonies that __________ against Britain and led to independence. The fifty stars represent the fifty U.S. states. The current flag has been __________ since 1959, which is when Hawaii, state number 50, joined the United States. There are __________ nicknames for the flag, including the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Most Americans are extremely __________ of their flag and all it represents. It arouses complex __________ in different people around the world.

 

 

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consists
proud
around
feelings
most
several
rebelled


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

Flag Day is celebration / celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the birth of the country’s flag on June 14, 1777. It was not until / by 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson recommended a day for all Americans to celebrate there / their flag. His recommendation was passed into law by an Act of Congress in 1949. Flag Day is not, however, an official / officially federal holiday. The state of Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state to celebrate the day as a state holiday. The U.S. President does have the powerful / power to tell other states to observe the day. The President also asks citizen / citizens to fly the American flag from their houses for a week. There are Flag Day parades all across / crossed America. The largest one is in the town of Troy, New York. This attracts / attractive up to 50,000 spectators.

The flag of the United States is one of the most recognition / recognized symbols in the world. It consists / consist of thirteen horizontal red and white stripes. There is a blue rectangle, with fifty small, white stars, in the top / up left corner. The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen former British colonies that rebels / rebelled against Britain and led to dependence / independence. The fifty stars represent the fifty U.S. states. The currant / current flag has been around since 1959, which is when Hawaii, state number 50, joined the United States. There are several nicknames for the flag, included / including the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Most Americans are extremely proud / pride of their flag and all it represents. It arouses complex feelings in different people around the world.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Flag Day is (1) ____ in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the birth of the country’s flag on June 14, 1777. It was not (2) ____ 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson recommended a day for all Americans to celebrate their flag. His recommendation was (3) ____ into law by an Act of Congress in 1949. Flag Day is not, however, an (4) ____ federal holiday. The state of Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state to celebrate the day as a state holiday. The U.S. President does have the power to tell other states to observe the day. The President also (5) ____ citizens to fly the American flag from their houses for a week. There are Flag Day parades all across America. The largest one is in the town of Troy, New York. This attracts (6) ____ to 50,000 spectators.

The flag of the United States is one of the most recognized (7) ____ in the world. It consists of thirteen horizontal red and white stripes. There is a blue rectangle, with fifty small, white stars, in the (8) ____ left corner. The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen former British colonies that (9) ____ against Britain and led to independence. The fifty stars represent the fifty U.S. states. The (10) ____ flag has been around since 1959, which is when Hawaii, state number 50, joined the United States. There are several nicknames for the flag, including the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Most Americans are extremely (11) ____ of their flag and all it represents. It (12) ____ complex feelings in different people around the world.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

celebrates

(b)

celebration

(c)

celebrated

(d)

celebrate

2.

(a)

until

(b)

by

(c)

since

(d)

for

3.

(a)

past

(b)

passed

(c)

passing

(d)

passes

4.

(a)

office

(b)

officially

(c)

officials

(d)

official

5.

(a)

asks

(b)

asked

(c)

ask

(d)

asking

6.

(a)

up

(b)

in

(c)

of

(d)

down

7.

(a)

symbolize

(b)

symbols

(c)

symbolic

(d)

symbol

8.

(a)

up

(b)

high

(c)

top

(d)

above

9.

(a)

rebels

(b)

rebellion

(c)

rebellious

(d)

rebelled

10.

(a)

current

(b)

currency

(c)

currant

(d)

currants

11.

(a)

pride

(b)

proud

(c)

proudly

(d)

prides

12.

(a)

arouse

(b)

arousing

(c)

arousal

(d)

arouses


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the thirb of the country’s flag

2.

an ioicalff federal holiday

3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

This attracts up to 50,000 ascptrsote

 

Paragraph 2

7.

one of the most recognized lsbyosm

8.

thirteen horizontal red and white petssir

9.

colonies that rebelled tsagina Britain

10.

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11.

Americans are extremely rupdo

12.

It arouses mploxce feelings


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

official federal holiday. The state of Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state to celebrate the day as a state holiday. The U.S.

1  )

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the birth of the country’s flag on

(    )

the American flag from their houses for a week. There are Flag Day parades all across America. The largest

(    )

celebrate their flag. His recommendation was passed into law by an Act of Congress in 1949. Flag Day is not, however, an

(    )

proud of their flag and all it represents. It arouses complex feelings in different people around the world.

(    )

1959, which is when Hawaii, state number 50, joined the United States. There are several nicknames for the

(    )

flag, including the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Most Americans are extremely

(    )

June 14, 1777. It was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson recommended a day for all Americans to

(    )

President does have the power to tell other states to observe the day. The President also asks citizens to fly

(    )

one is in the town of Troy, New York. This attracts up to 50,000 spectators.

(    )

horizontal red and white stripes. There is a blue rectangle, with fifty small, white stars, in the top left

(    )

The flag of the United States is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. It consists of thirteen

(    )

corner. The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen former British colonies that rebelled against Britain and led

(    )

to independence. The fifty stars represent the fifty U.S. states. The current flag has been around since


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

the     commemorates     It     flag     country’s     the     of     birth

2.

their     all     flag     Americans     a     to     day     celebrate     for

3.

President     the     U     .     have     The     S     does     power

4.

Flag     are     There     America     across     all     parades     Day

5.

to     up     attracts     This     spectators     50,000

6.

one     symbols     of     in     the     the     most     world     recognized

7.

horizontal     thirteen     stripes     white     and     red

8.

states     The     fifty     stars     represent     the     fifty     U.S.

9.

There     several     for     flag     are     nicknames     the

10.

in     people     arouses     feelings     different     It     complex


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE FLAG DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Flag Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Flag Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Flag Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Flag Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Flag Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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