What is it like in your hometown? Is it a large city or is it a small place with few
people?
Once upon a fleeting time, Native Americans freely roamed with their tribes in the
land that is now called The United States of America. Today, there are people from all
around the world living in the U.S.A. We have different shapes, different sizes, and
different ideas.
In 1790, the population was only 4 million. Can you guess how many there are now?
324 million! With so many of us, it is important to get along with each other. The
U.S.A. has been involved in many conflicts. Sometimes people and nations fight.
Being kind to our neighbors is the first step toward peace.
Every country has rules to live by. In 1789, an important document was written
called The United States Constitution. It is the supreme law of the land. The Bill of
Rights was added to it in 1791. These papers keep the U.S.A. government fair and
strong in order that citizens can live free and pursue happiness.
There are so many things to enjoy in the U.S.A? Mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts,
and oceans. What do you like to do where you live? What is there to see?
Every country has a flag. The American flag is red, white and blue. A poem was
written in 1814 by a man named Francis Scott Key as he was watching the flag waving.
The poem was set to music and it is known as The Star Spangled Banner. It the
national anthem and is often played on the 4 th of July and before sporting events. The
first verse goes like this:
“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the
twilight’s last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare,
the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O
say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of
the brave.”
The United States of America is a great place to live!