THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Reading British & American Culture
- article presentation & DISCUSSION
- facts & figures
- conducting a survey
- young people in the U.S.A.
- the richest nation on earth
• Facts & Figures About
- There was an increase in
one parent families
- Most one parent families
were single mothers
One parent (father/child)
In 1988, Americans spent:
-more on health
-less on travel
-less on food
-slightly more on housing
-slightly less on clothing
-more on recreational goods
-the same on miscellaneous
From 1982 – 1989:
- dog ownership dropped
from 40.5% to 36.2%
- cat ownership increased
from 27% to 30%
Look at Leisure & Sport in the USA
1.The most popular participation sport for men is
swimming. The most popular participation sport
for women is exercise walking.
2.Men and women almost equally enjoy bicycle
3.Aerobics are more popular for women.
4.Fishing and basketball are more popular for men.
In your groups, create a
chart or graph based on
- particpation sports
- spectator sports
- pet ownership
JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT!
College Students – pg. 53
Top Concern: environment
New Concern: government hand-gun control
More Conservative about: drugs and crime
More Liberal about: abortion
POP MUSIC – pg. 53
1.Frank Sinatra attacked Rock n’
Roll. Today, rap and heavy
metal are under attack.
2.Florida and Tennessee are two
states considering legislation
against ‘objectionable’ music.
11 other states are considering
3.Harris believes that minors
should be able to buy any kind
The Richest Nation on Earth – pg. 54
- GDP doubled during the 1980’s
- GDP doubled through borrowing
- lots of people prospered
- national debt tripled
- 20 million new jobs were created
- corporate & personal debt soared
- booming international trade is spreading - widening gap between rich and poor
wealth around the world
- poverty increased
-new jobs were low paid service positions
- USA was the world’s biggest creditor
then largest debtor
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