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US Culture through Music and Poetry Katie Subra, a Minnesotan, a Sportswoman, an English Language Fellow Kieran Ficken, a Vermonter, a Knitter, an English.

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1 US Culture through Music and Poetry Katie Subra, a Minnesotan, a Sportswoman, an English Language Fellow Kieran Ficken, a Vermonter, a Knitter, an English Teaching Assistant

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3 US Geography Can you find our states on the map? What other states and cities can you find? What about the following places: North Carolina, New England, Philadelphia, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

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9 "Wagon Wheel" sung by Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) written by Bob Dylan (1973) Listen for the following locations: North Caroline Raleigh New England North Country Roanoke Philly Cumberland Gap Johnson City, Tennessee Which places are cities? States? Regions? What is the singer doing in the song?

10 More Great Lines! Gap-Fill Exercises "On the Radio" by Regina Spektor" (2006) "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver b. 1935, Ohio, USA Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, …

11 You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

12 Imagery "Believing in Iron" by Yusef Komunyakaa b Louisiana, USA Won Pulitzer Prize in 1994 Traveler, scholar, professor Focus is on elements in his own life & travels; use of present tense Themes include: War in SE Asia, American city- scapes, deep south, jazz & blues, civil rights, aging, mortality & frailty of life

13 Your Turn! Select 1 object from Komunyakaa's poem that you can clearly picture in your head. Take out a pen and paper and write answers to the following questions about one object in a short phrase: 1. What does it look like? (Ex: Rough with bits of color) 2. What does it look like at night? 3. What feeling does that object give you? 4. Describe the place where you would find it. 5. Describe the first time you saw that object. 6. What would your life be like without that object 7. Describe how you will use that object in the future.

14 Спасибо Большое! We will cherish our memories of Braslav and all of its wonderful, kind, generous, and bright citizens! Katie: Kieran: See you again someday!


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