Stater og Byer

New York City. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

USA har som bekendt 50 stater. Dertil kommer et utal af byer. Nogle af staterne og nogle af byerne er meget kendte. For eksempel ved næsten alle hvad New York eller Los Angeles er. Udover byer og stater er der en del steder i USA der er interessante. Mange af disse steder er nationalparker eller lignende og byder på unikke natur- eller kultursteder.

Magasinet English Teaching Forum, der udgives af State Department har lavet en serie af blade med fokus på udvalgte stater, byer og steder. Der er artikler om stederne og lektionsplaner der passer til emnet.

Cities

  • New York City (pdf 3.4 MB)
    New York City is the subject of this issue’s feature article. Accompanying the article is a lesson plan entitled “Exploring New York City.”
  • Seattle (pdf 2 MB)
    This issue focuses on Seattle in the state Washington. Complementing the feature article is a lesson plan on “Seeing Seattle.”
  • Miami (pdf 4.9 MB)
    This issue’s feature article looks at Miami, Florida, while a companion lesson plan is based on an interactive telenovela.
  • Chicago (pdf 5.1 MB)
    Chicago is the focus of the feature article and the basis of a lesson plan that provides practice in writing and reading postcards. This issue also includes articles on enhancing learning with mobile phone technology, VoIM-mediated cooperative tasks, and corpus-aided discovery.

States

  • Alaska (pdf 1.1 MB)
    This article describes Alaska, the 49th state of the U.S. It presents facts about Alaska’s native people and their lifestyle, history, transportation, and education.
  • Hawaii (pdf 7.1 MB)
    This issue features Hawaii, and a lesson plan guides teachers in exploring Hawaiian culture, and their own cultures, with their students.
  • Michigan (pdf 3.5 MB)
    Michigan, The Great Lakes State, is the subject of the feature article, an accompanying lesson plan, and a Poetry Corner.
  • New Mexico (pdf 5 MB)
    The spotlight is on New Mexico. Accompanying the feature article is a lesson plan designed to teach students about the state’s climate and energy issues.
  • Texas (pdf 142 KB)
    This article gives an introduction to the state of Texas. It begins by outlining the history of Texas, from colonization through statehood. Present geography and a description of east, west, south, and north Texas are also described.
  • Virginia (pdf 3.5 MB)
    The feature article focuses on Virginia, The Old Dominion, and a companion lesson plan is titled “Virginia: Jamestown and Its People.”

Places

  • National Parks (pdf 12.3 MB)
    This issue showcases the U.S. National Park System. The feature article is coupled with a lesson plan on preservation or “going green.”