Lesson 45: This Land is Your Land

Let's Learn English - Level 1














Anna and Marsha are going on a road trip! Follow them across the United States as they see the sights. Will they still be friends when they finish the trip?



Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 45: This Land is Your Land



Anna: You know I love Washington, D.C. But I want to see more of the United States. My roommate Marsha and I will be on vacation at the same time. So, we are going on a road trip together!
Hi, Marsha!
Marsha: Hi!
Anna: I packed my bags and I am ready to go!
Marsha: Did you make a list of all the places you want to see?
Anna: I did. I want to see New York City and the Statue of Liberty!
Marsha: And I want to see Mount Rushmore!
Anna: (Anna writes) Mount Rushmore.
Marsha: And don’t forget the Grand Canyon!
Anna: (Anna writes) Let’s not forget California’s redwood forest! There are so many places to see!
Marsha: We will be driving for a long time. So, we might get bored.
Anna: Bored? No way! We can talk.
Marsha: Or not talk.
Anna: We can play word games. We can sing! You know, our trip is like that famous American song. (sings) "This land is your land, This land is my land …"*
Marsha: (sings) "…from California to the New York island ..."
BOTH: “... to the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters ... this land was made for you and me!”
Marsha: Will we be stopping soon?
Anna: We won’t be stopping soon.
Marsha: I’m hungry.
Anna: Marsha, we just left D.C.! We’ll be eating lunch in about 2 hours. Can you wait?
Marsha: I guess.
Anna: Here, have an apple. It’s organic!
(Anna throws the apple. It goes out the window.)
Marsha: Thanks.
Marsha: Okay, we will be arriving in New York City very soon!
Anna: I can’t wait to see The Big Apple! Marsha, look! There she is!
Marsha: The Statue of Liberty!
Anna: She is awesome!
Anna: Marsha, in ten minutes, guess what we’ll be seeing?
Marsha: What?
Anna: The largest rocking chair in the world!
Marsha: No, we won’t be seeing that.
Anna: Marsha, it’s on my other list -- Best Roadside Sights.
(Marsha grabs the paper and throws it out the window.)
Anna: Oh no! We littered! And my list is gone. Don't worry. I brought the book. (lifts up large book, starts reading)
(Later)
Anna: … and that is why I am so afraid of sheep.
Marsha: (snores a little)
Anna: Wow, I feel better. Marsha, you are a great listener.
Marsha: (waking up) Where are we?
Anna: We will be entering North Dakota any minute now!
Marsha: North Dakota! We are going in the wrong direction! We want to go to South Dakota!
Anna: No problem. I will just exit the highway. We will be going south … in just a minute. There. Done! We're going south! Okay, we will be stopping for gas and a bathroom break in about an hour.
Marsha: Then we will be very near to Mount Rushmore!
Anna: Yay! Dead presidents’ heads on the side of a mountain!
Anna: We did it, Marsha! We made it to California! It’s beautiful!
Marsha: And we saw everything on the list!
Anna: Well, we saw everything on page 1 of the list.
Marsha: What do you mean "page 1?"
Anna: Oh. Here are pages 2, 3 and 4! We’ll be very busy driving back to Washington, D.C. Until next time … !

* This Land is Your Land was written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie.

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Predict. Whenwe predict, we are using what we know to say what will happen in the future. In using English, it is helpful if you can predict what is coming up in a story that you are reading or something that you are listening to. This helps your brain prepare to understand the next part of the story.

In this lesson, Anna shows Marsha her long list of places she wants to see. She predicts that they will be busy on their trip back to Washington, D.C.

Do you ever predict when you are reading or listening in English?

break - n. a brief period of time during which someone stops an activity
direction - n. the course or path on which something is moving or pointing
enter - v. to go or come into (something)
exit - v. to go out of a place or situation
highway - n. a main road that connects cities and towns
land - n. the solid part of the surface of the Earth
litter - v. to throw or leave trash on the ground in a public place
pack - v.to put (something) into a bag or suitcase so that you can take it with you
place - n. a specific area or region of the world
ready - adj. prepared to do something
road trip - n. a long trip in a car or truck, etc
(use image also) rocking chair - n.< chair that moves back and forth on rockers that are attached to its legs
Future continuous verb tense​






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