As she leans on a tree by the Mississippi River, Jayanthi Kyle sings “That’s How The River Flows” and gives thanks to the water.

Write an adjective-filled description of a place or landmark that inspires you to let your voice flow out.

Jayanthi describes the Mississippi River’s significance to her personal narrative. Perform some preliminary research about the geography and history of the Mississippi River.

Discuss in groups: How is the Mississippi significant to the story of the United States? How is the water a “giver”?