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Today is the anniversary of the date that Hawaii became the fiftieth state of the Union. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over a White House ceremony welcoming the Aloha State on August 21, 1959. The following is an excerpt from the New York Times story on Hawaii statehood:
Hawaii Becomes the 50th State; New Flag Shown
Washington, Aug. 21, 1959 — Hawaii was officially proclaimed as the fiftieth state of the United States today by President Eisenhower at bipartisan White House ceremonies. (1).
Known as the Aloha State, Hawaii consists of a chain of 122 volcanic islands, but only seven are populated:
Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui (the Valley Isle), Lanai (the Pineapple Isle), Molokai (the Friendly Isle), Kauai (the Garden Isle), Niihau (the Forbidden Island), Oahu (the Gathering Place)
The state capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu, which is also its largest city (2).
Today’s Challenge: The Best of Fifty
What single U.S. state, besides the one in which you reside, would you most like to visit? What makes it attractive as a destination? Brainstorm a list of the states you would like to visit. Select the one you think is the most attractive destination. Do a bit of research to find some details about the state that go beyond the obvious. Then, write at least 50 words in which you persuade the audience that the state you have chosen is the state that everyone must visit. (Common Core Writing 1 – Argument)
1 – Fischer, John. Statehood Day: Hawaii’s Forgotten Holiday. Tripsavvy.com 1 Jul. 2018. https://www.tripsavvy.com/statehood-day-hawaiis-forgotten-holiday-1532961.
2 – The Eight Major Islands. Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau.