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REVIEW UNIT 8 – AFIRST LOOK AT THE UNITED STATES
TASK 1 Answer the following questions1. What do the stars and stripes on ‘the Star- Spangled Banner’ stand for?2. How many stars are there on the flag?3. Why is the first independent American flag called ‘the Betsy Ross’4. Why is the Figure of Justice clear-sighted now?5. What is the role of the Hollywood Walk of Fame?6. Who was considered the king of rock and roll?7. What is the name of the greatest American football games?
Task 2 Match the following information with the appropriate symbols of the USA1. A symbol of religious freedom a. The Rose2. Located on Liberty Island with b. The Statue of Liberty 33.85 m height c. Columbia3. A female personification of the d. Figure of Justice US e. The Liberty Bell4. A male personification of the US f. Uncle Sam5. One of the four virtues in the g. Pledge of Allegiance Roman mythology6. A symbol of love, beauty, war and politics7. commonly recited in unison at public events, and especially in public school classrooms as a morning ritual
TASK 3 Decide if the following statements are true (T) of false (F)1. Hamburger was brought to the US by the German immigrants in 19th century.2. The first McDonald’s opened in Texas.3. The first McDonalds restaurant was a hot dog stand4. ‘The national past time’ is basketball.5. In 1905, President Roosevelt threatened to ban American football because it was getting too popular.6. Oscar was first introduced between 1927 and 1928.
UNIT 9A Brief Survey of the American Physical Geography
Mount McKinley• In Alaska• 6,194 meters• The highest point in the U.S• is also characterized by an unusually severe risk of altitude illness and extremely cold weather due to its high latitude and its proximity to the jet stream
Death Valley• In California• 89 meters below sea level• long, low depression set in largely barren and unpopulated country of desert plains and rocky ridges
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Appalachian Mountains• are a vast system of Northern American mountains, partly in Canada, but mostly in the United States• form a zone, from 100 to 300 miles wide• including areas in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina
GREAT PLAINS North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana
Rocky Mountain• are a broad mountain range in Western North America• stretch more than 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) from British Columbia, in Canada, to New Mexico, in the United States• highest peak is Mount Elbert• is a United States physiographic region.
Mississippi • is one of the worlds major river systems in size, habitat diversity, and biological productivity • is an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning great river or gathering of waters
Mississippi• is the longest and largest river in North America, flowing 3,705 kilometers from its source at Lake Itasca in the Minnesota North Woods• ranks third in length, second in watershed area, and fifth in average discharge of the worlds rivers
Weather and Climate• Every type of climate• Hot and humid summer and cold winter• The hottest and most arid region: The southwest of the Great Plains• Hurricanes in the Southeast, tornadoes on the Plains, flooding around main rivers, snowstorms in the mountains and forest fires in the dry West and California
Natural Resources• Non – fuel natural resources• Iron, zinc, copper, silver and phosphate rock• Nuclear power
Comprehension Check2.– In North America– Alaska and Hawaii– Pacific and Atlantic– The country presents a tremendous variety in physical features– Appalachian mountains– Central Plains and Great Plains– The Sierra Nevada, the Cascades and the Coastal Ranges.
3 Weather features CausesClimate not generally The tremendous size of N.temperate America heightens extremesSpectacular variations.weather in Great Plains The lack of natural barriersand Midwest either to the north or theSouthwest part of Great south.Plains very arid The rain shadow created by the West Pacific range and the Sierra Nevada.