Unit 1 A land of diversity 一个多元文化的国土
How much do you know about America?
1. Which flag is American flag?
A. B. C.
2. Which city is the capital of the U
SA? A.New York
The America flag is known as “the stars and strips”.
50 stars—— Each star
represents one state 13 stripes—— the original 13 states. Red—— courage White —— freedom Blue——loyalty and justice
Star-Spangled Banner (星条旗)
June 14 —— Flag Day.
3. How many states are there in the USA?
B. 50 C. 51 D. 52
4.Which doesn’t belong to the USA?
Warming up ( 5m) Look at the map of the USA with
your group. Write on the map the names of as many of the following as you can.
Ocean on the east coast Atlantic Ocean _________________
Ocean on the west cost Pacific Ocean __________________ Country to the north of USA Canada __________________ Country to the south of USA ________________ Mexico Mountains range in the west ______________________ Rocky Mountains
Great Lakes : Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario Longest river in the USA : Mississippi River Some important cities: New York, Washington D C, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans
Boston New York San Francisco Los Angeles Pacific Ocean Mexico Houston Chicago
Superior Huron Ontario
California (one of the 50 states of the USA)
A Quiz about California
A largest state in the 1. California is the ________ USA. A.third B. Second C.fourth D. fifth 2. California, a state in the western USA, borders ________. A A. the Pacific Ocean B.the Indian Ocean C. the Atlantic Ocean D.the Arctic Ocean 3. _____ B is California’s largest and the nation’s second largest city. A. Sacramento B. Los Angeles C. San Diego D. San Francisco
4. California’s official nickname is the B _______ ? A. Sunflower State B. Golden State C. Land of opportunity D. Evergreen State A the largest population in the USA. 5. ___has A. California B. Alaska C. Washington D. Texas 6. California entered the Union on D September 9, 1850, as the ______state. A. thirtieth B. thirty-eighth C. thirty-second D. thirty-first
CALIFORNIA (the Golden State) Lying on the Pacific Ocean, California is on the west coast of the United States, which is diverse in topography(地形), climate and ecological environment. It has an area of 411 square kilometers, and it is one of the US states of the largest population, with the most developed economy. Meanwhile, its pleasant weather, long beach, and graceful natural landscape make the tourism prosperous.
Look at the pictures below. Each illustrates something about California.
Discuss in groups what each picture means to you. A native American Indian was standing beside a camp .It seemed that he or she felt very happy. Maybe he or she had a good harvest.
Native California Indians
was a gold miner. He was panning gold. He looked not only thin and weak, but also thirsty and tired. It was difficult for them to achieve the dream of becoming rich.
California gold miners around 1849
A building in Chinatown
? Many Chinese have settled in California and many of them live in Chinatown in San Francisco. By 1990,the nations being immigrated from different parts of the world had made California into the most racially and ethnically diverse state in the country.
Chinatowns in California
A land of diversity
Skimming: answer the following questions: 1. Who were the first to arrive in California to rush for gold? 2. When and why did the large number of Chinese immigrate to California? 3. What attracted people from different parts of the world to immigrate to California?
1. Who were the first to arrive in California to rush for gold? South Americans and people from the United States. 2. When and why did the large number of Chinese immigrate to California? During the gold rush period, many Chinese immigrated to California to achieve their dream of becoming rich, and in the 1860s, a large number of Chinese went there to build the railway from the west to east coast.
3. What attracted people from different parts of the world to immigrate to California? The temperate climate, the modern lifestyle and its diverse cultures attracted immigrates to California.
Detailed reading I Read paragraph 1 to paragraph 5 again and try to fill in the form, you can have a discussion in group of four.
Stage Native Americans
People Asians Natives
Time Event 1500s 1600s
Arrived first Suffered greatly
Took native’s land Ruled by Spain Became part of Mexico Given to the USA Settled in
1800s 1821 1846
Gold miners South 1848 Discovered&rush for gold Americans Europeans 1850 Became a state Asians
Detailed reading II Read paragraph 6 to paragraph 8 again and try to fill in the form, you can have a discussion in group of four.
Event Moved from Mexico
Chinese Japanese Denmark Jewish Italians Africans
1860s Early 1900 1911
Built the railway
Established a town
By Developed the film industry 1920s Late 1900s 1942~ 1945
Fished and made wine
Worked in ship& aircraft industry
People Indians Pakistanis
Event Worked in computer industry
Cambodians Recent Koreans decades Vietnamese
Different parts of the world
Skimming & Scanning
(True or False)
1.California is the largest state in the USA and has the largest population. F 2.The native Americans are treated well after the arrival of Europeans. F 3.Of the first Spanish to go to California, the majority were religious men. T 4.Duing Gold Rush Period, many achieved their dream of being rich. F 5. In the late 19th century, Chinese immigrants arrived in California. F 6.It is believed that before long the mix of nationalities will be so great that there will be no major racial or culture groups. T
Answer key for exercise 1 on page 3:
15,000 years ago: First settlers crossed the Bering Strait in the Arctic to America. These people are now known as Native Americans.
16th century: Spanish soldiers arrived in South America.
1821: California became part of Mexico. 1846: The US declared war on Mexico. 1848: Gold was discovered in California 1850: California became the 31 st state of the US.
Answer key for exercise 2 on page 3 :
in the early 16th century early 1800s
Chinese Italians Danish
late 1840s/early 1850s in the late 19th century 1911
Japanese Koreans Cambodians
beginning of the 20th century from about the 1970s from about the 1970s
in more recent decades
from about the 1970s
exercise 3 on page 3 :
The state of California is a multicultural community because European, African and Asian peoples have been moving into the state for the last 200 years. It is this mix of peoples with their own customs, culture and food that have given California its multicultural flavour. Problems that might arise include intercultural competition, discrimination or misunderstanding. It is to the credit of Californians that such problems do not arise very often.
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阿拉斯加州 - 1,717,854 平方千米 德克萨斯州 - 695,621 平方千米 加利福尼亚州 - 423,970 平方千米 （） 蒙大拿州 - 380,838 平方千米 （ 新墨西哥州 罗得岛州 - 4,002 平方千米
? 美国德克萨斯因盛产向日葵有Sunflower State的 ? 华盛顿 阿肯色 (Arkansas): 机会之乡 (Land of State) (Washington): 清努族州(Chinook State)；常青州 (Evergreen Opportunity 就是中国的上海和北京一样，
美国的象征-华盛顿 华盛顿特区是美国首都的所在地, 是联邦政府的直辖区, 纽约是是美国最大城市及第一大港 还是联合国总部所在地,