Sunday, September 14, 2014

Countdown to Constitution and Citizenship Day: 03 American Naturalization Ceremonies: The Beautiful Mosaic

Excerpts from naturalization ceremonies conducted by federal judges across the nation show the diversity of America. Naturalization Ceremony Celebrated at Cleveland Museum (short video)
Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. of the Northern District of Ohio presided over a naturalization ceremony at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, OH. Oliver welcomed 119 new citizens from 15 countries. New Citizens Welcomed at Aztec Ruins Naturalization Ceremony (short video)
Gathering inside a hallowed Pueblo ceremonial room that is nearly 900 years old, the District of New Mexico's chief judge and 10 new American citizens staged a unique naturalization ceremony. CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY RESOURCES

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Countdown to Constitution and Citizenship Day: 04

Bill of Rights Institute
USCIS Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. For the past 225 years, the Constitution has served as the supreme law of the land. The Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights and other amendments, define our government and guarantee our rights. Each year, on September 17, Americans celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. In addition, September 17-23 is also recognized as Constitution Week. During this time, USCIS encourages Americans to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen.

US Department of Education: Commemorating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. This posting is intended to remind affected educational institutions of this responsibility and to provide resources for them to use in developing their program. To assist in planning Constitution Day programs, we are pleased to provide links to Web sites that contain materials that can be publicly accessed for general use or for use as teaching materials in the classroom.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Countdown to Constitution and Citizenship Day: 05 for Constitution and Citizenship Day

1. Government Basics USCIS 100: 2, 1, 3, 13
2. Writing the Constitution: USCIS 100: 65, 66, 67, 4, 7, 5
3. Transcripts & Words Lists: download pdfs for study and create handouts

West Wing Week: 9/12/14 or, "Meeting Those Threats with Strength and Resolve" West Wing Week: 9/12/14 or, "Meeting Those Threats with Strength and Resolve"

This week the President concluded a summit in Wales with NATO allies, hosted a White House meeting with Congressional leadership on foreign policy, addressed the nation in primetime and commemorated the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Countdown to Constitution and Citizenship Day: 06 We the People: Honoring Constitution Day

As we celebrate another Constitution Day, we should take time to reflect on the awesome gift of the Constitution and work to commit ourselves further to the principles of the Founding.

Obama, Families of September 11 Victims Pause to Remember

VOANews: Obama, Families of September 11 Victims Pause to Remember

Politicians, dignitaries, relatives of those who died gather in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in al-Qaida's attack on US.

Also watch:

  • VOAVideo: 9/11 The Day That Was A video montage of how that fateful day unfolded 10 years ago
  • VOAVideo: 9/11 - Ten Years Later How did the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US change life for Americans and the world? VOA attempts to answer that question in this series of reports.
  • VOAVideo: Public Reacts to 9/11 Museum The general public now has access to the 9-11 Museum in New York - at the site of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. But the opening comes with some key issues

USCIS 100:86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?

a.  Capitalists attacked China.
b.  Communists attacked Afghanistan.
c.  Fascists attacked India.
d.  Terrorists attacked the United States.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Countdown to Constitution and Citizenship Day: 07

    USCIS: Oath of Allegiance - Constitution Week 2013

    **NEW** USCIS: Naturalization Ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on 8-28-2014, August 28, 2014
    Naturalization ceremony held at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Featured USCIS Director Leon Rodrigeuz.

    USCIS: Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, September 17, 2013
    Join us in welcoming 25 new U.S. citizens during a special Constitution Day and Citizenship Day naturalization ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Rand Beers will administer the Oath of Allegiance. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas will present the candidates for citizenship and Danielle Gray, Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President, will provide remarks. Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give the keynote speech. While you watch the ceremony we encourage you to express your thoughts and congratulations with your fellow Americans by following us on Twitter @USCIS and using #newUScitizen.

    USCIS: Gettysburg Dedication Day Ceremony a Naturalization Ceremony & remarks from Steve Spielberg, Nov 20, 2012
    Since 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania has been commemorating the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with their Dedication Day program. November 19th was officially designated as Dedication Day by a Joint Resolution of Congress on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in 1946. In recent years, the National Park Service and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College have joined with the Lincoln Fellowship in sponsoring the ceremonies. This ceremony was held in Gettysburg PA on November 19th, 2012.

    USCIS: Naturalization 6-21-2012
    USCIS Naturalization ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

    USCIS: Oakland Naturalization - 02/15/12
    On February 15th, USCIS Deputy Director Lori Scialabba naturalized 1,268 candidates from 114 countries at the historic Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. Anni Chung was recognized as an "Outstanding American by Choice" for her 36 years of service with the organization "Self Help for the Elderly".

    USCIS: Naturalization Ceremony with Outstanding American by Choice, Madeleine Albright, Sept. 23, 2011
    Friday, September 23, 2011, 50 U.S. permanent residents took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens in the heart of our nation's capital.

    USCIS: USCIS Naturalization at Basic Training: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 20, 2011

    USCIS: Veterans Day Iraq Naturalization, Nov 30, 2010
    Stephanie Ostapowich visits Iraq to cover the Veterans day naturalization ceremonies.

    USCIS: Iraq Naturalization Video, Nov 11, 2010
    USCIS Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Ostapowich covers the USCIS military expedited citizenship program in Iraq.

    USCIS: Military Naturalization at the Pentagon, Nov 2, 2010

    USCIS: Chicago Naval Naturalization, Nov 1, 2010
    Video coverage of a large naval naturalization in Chicago.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday, California!

    Today is California Admissions Day.

    I have created and uploaded a simple fact sheet about the State of California. I also included info about our local government officials for the students of Milpitas Adult School.

    I uploaded this as a .doc file instead of .pdf so you can easily modify the .doc with the info/pictres of your own state and local officials. Have fun!

    USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*

    USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.

    USCIS 100:43. Who is the Governor of your state now?

    USCIS 100:44. What is the capital of your state?*

    Countdown to Constitution and Citizenship Day: 08

    Constitution and Citizenship Day is on Wednesday, Sept. 17--just a week away.
    Prep your students and staff with this slideshow and handout.

    What is US Constitution and Citizenship Day?  (Google Slides)

    What is US Constitution and Citizenship Day? handout pdf