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The Main Street of America

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Route 66 was a historical highway in the United States. It started in Chicago and ended at the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles. Between 1926 and 1985, millions of people used the road to travel and transport goods. Many families went to California along this road during the Great Depression in the 1930s too.

Route 66 traveled through the center of America. It was often called "The Mother Road" and "The Main Street of America." Many small mom-and-pop businesses opened along the road, such as restaurants, gas stations, and motels. There were many unusual places too, such as a totem pole museum and a teepee hotel.

Over the years, though, expressways became more convenient and popular. Fewer and fewer people used Route 66. As a result, the famous road closed in many areas, and it's not possible to drive straight from Chicago to Los Angeles on this famous icon of American culture.


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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Do you like to travel? Where did you go?
  2. Do you like to travel by car? Where did you go?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. Route 66 is a famous road that millions of people use every year. T / F
  2. There were many unusual restaurants, gas stations, and motels. T / F
  3. Expressways became more popular because of Route 66. T / F

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Do you want to travel on some parts of Route 66? Why/not?
  2. What are some famous places in your country? Please explain.
  3. Do you prefer exciting, slow and relaxing, or educational vacations? Why?

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