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quinta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2011

English Showcase II

An exhibition of a map showing the geographic growth of the United States is presented together with some facts about that country , one of the largest and richest in the world.
It is made up of 50 states, each of which has its own government. The national government is based in the capital, Washington DC. The letters DC stand for District of Columbia, the name of the area in which the city is situated.
Alaska is the largest state and it was purchased from Russia in 1867.  Rhode Island is the smallest.
The United States has many natural resources with large deposits of raw materials, such as iron, coal and oil, which are needed to produce industrial goods. It is also rich in farmland and exports huge amounts of agricultural products, especially cereals, cotton, and tobacco.
FLAG: Stars and Stripes. It consists of 13 equal stripes of red and white representing the 13 colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union. The 50 stars represent the 50 states.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Star- Spangled Banner.

The other showcase is about one of the countries that belong to the United Kingdom (UK): Scotland.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is the official residence of the Queen in Scotland, but the estate of Balmoral, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848 has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family ever since.
The patron Saint of Scotland is St Andrews. The city with the same name is the home of golf and of one of the oldest universities in the UK, almost 600 years old.
Among many Scottish traditions the kilt and the bagpipe won´t be forgotten.
Some great Scots: Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle (writers); James Watt, A. Graham Bell (inventors); Alexander Fleming (scientist) and some actors will be referred in the classroom.

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