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Lesson: Sight-Seeing Trip in Washington D.C.
Setting the scene:
The family arrives in Washington DC,
where Dad teaches computer courses for two weeks. They spend time sight-seeing and shopping.
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Sam (an old friend);
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I'm glad to see all of you here. I expect that you had a good time in the
Hello, Sam. We certainly did! I became engrossed in the many historical and cultural sites.
The British Museum
especially was exciting.
Good to see you again, Sam. What have you planned for us to do?
Sight-seeing, of course. Wes, if I've got your number
right, you'll enjoy exhibits at the Smithsonian.
Great! How do we go? Can we see it first?
Why not? We can take the metro and
get off near the
[The ride is quick and everyone rides an escalator from the
subway's lower level to the top. They exit the metro station and walk across a large grassy
area. Before entering the Smithsonian museum, they view other famous landmarks.]
Look, that's the Lincoln Memorial.
Yes, and over there is the White House. I
wonder if the President is inside now or traveling somewhere.
Later today, I promise to take your picture near the
Here we are. A lot of people
are inside today. Even so, I see Charles Lindbergh's airplane, the
Spirit of Saint Louis.
It was the first solo, nonstop flight across the ocean from
New York City to
Good memory, son. Let me take a picture of your mother by a replica of the
[After a few hours of looking at exhibits, the family departs.]
There are other sites you should see here on the mall. One is the
Another is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Off the beltway [major highway that circles Washington D.C.] in Silver Springs is the
Perhaps we can stop there another day. We have seen so much already. Besides, I think
we're going to Baltimore on Saturday.
That's right. I'm taking you to a baseball game.
Great idea, Dad!
Bottom line is
we need to have more fun and fewer monuments.
That's what I say! Give us a break,
Dad! Personally, I want to hit
a shopping mall.
[The family takes a side trip to nearby
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Baseball in Baltimore.]