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Washington's Birthday




Did you know?

1. When is Presidents’ Day celebrated? On February 3, on the 3rd Monday of February or on February 22.
2. Who was born on February 22, 1732? George Washington, George Bush or Donald Trump.
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Watch

1
Identify the portraits then match them to the right biography.

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a) He was the 16th President; he led the country during the American Civil War and advocated the end of slavery. 
b) He participated in the writing of the Declaration of Independence. As the 3rd President, he purchased Louisiana. 
c) He fought against the English during the American Revolution and became the 1st President. 
d) He was first elected governor of New York before becoming the youngest President in 1901. 

2
Match the American measure to its metric equivalent. Then label Washington’s portrait. 
1 foot = 30 cm.


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  • 60 feet
  • 1,278 acres
  • 3.35 m
  • 11 feet
  • 1676 m
  • 5,500 feet
  • 18 m
  • 5 square km (km 2 )
  • 5.5 m
  • 6.5 m
  • 18 feet
  • 21 feet
a b c d
American mesure
Metric system
Odd ones
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1
Read the two speeches and focus on how the speakers address their audience.

Let me tell you, this generation coming up ‒ unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic ‒ I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America; [...] and I believe as a result the future is in good hands. My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. [...] Whether you are young or whether you’re young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your president ‒ the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change ‒ but in yours.


Barack Obama’s Farewell Address in Chicago, 10 January 2017.


I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us ‒ it’s about us ‒ on our victory. [...] I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans. [...] For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help. So that we can work together and unify our great country. Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. [...] We will do a great job, we will do a great job. And I can only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is now really just beginning.


Donald Trump’s US election victory speech in NYC, 9 November 2016.
  • calling
  • our
  • asking
  • your
  • dream
  • yours
  • we
  • saying
  • confident
  • you
  • his audience
Barack Obama addresses
using the personal pronoun
, the possessives
and
. He is
goodbye and is
them to be
in the future. Donald Trump addresses his audience using the personal pronoun
and the possessive
. He is
the American people to help him renew the American
.

2
Read Mr. Trump’s speech and pick all the words related to “unity” below.

























3
Complete the wordcloud with four words from Mr. Obama’s speech.

every
rebuilding
unify
great
us
guidance
victory
all
dream
congratulated
together
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Debate

1
Compare and contrast these three posters.

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Clinton’s poster Trump’s poster Obama’s poster


2
Decode the two acronyms.

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Up to you!

A2 He was the … American President.
A2+ He was born on … and died … . He is famous for ... .
B1 First, … then, … . Finally ... .
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