English Culture Videos

"The United States Flag"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

People in the US often put out a flag for _________.

Uh, number one, uh, Americans often decorate their yards and areas, uh, on Independence Day and on Presidents Day . . . on certain national holidays.

The American flag is sometimes displayed when a public official _____.

Uh, number two, when a government leader dies. Often this is a way to pay tribute to that individual.

In this video, the people on Randall's street are displaying flags because someone in the neighborhood _____.

And in this particular occasion, someone up our street has just returned home from the military, and this is one way to welcome the person home.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

What activities do you do with your family on certain holidays that are important to you? Do people in other areas of the world celebrate similar holidays as your own? (for example, days to celebrate thanksgiving, the elderly, a country's independence, a time to remember family members who have died, etc.) In what ways are this holidays and celebrations similar and/or different? Use the Internet to investigate this topic. 

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and as you can see behind me, this entire street is decorated with national flags, and there are several occasions when this takes place.

Uh, number one, uh, Americans often decorate their yards and areas, uh, on Independence Day and on Presidents Day . . . on certain national holidays.

Uh, number two, when a government leader dies. Often this is a way to pay tribute to that individual.

And in this particular occasion, someone up our street has just returned home from the military, and this is one way to welcome the person home.