Thursday, April 22, 2021

Citizenship Spring Class 08


uscitizenpod: Earth Day Quiz  |  pdf

Spring Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

  • A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) 
  • N-400 Part 12 Quiz 1 pdf
  • Earth Day pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Louay Safi pdf

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CCAE 2021 Best Practices in Citizenship Preparation


California Adult Education Week and Legislative Day

uscitizenpod: #AdultEducationMatters YouTube Playlist

This video is a introduction to the playlist: Adult Education Matters, a series of videos that explores WHY Adult Education is important to individual students and the society at large.

The next four videos in this series pair CA Legislative Day activities with USCIS questions. Download the quiz pdf: (updated 2021). Subsequent videos include interview clips from administrators, teachers, and students.

Adult Education Week is usually celebrated in the second week of April. On Monday and Tuesday, representatives from Adult Schools all over California will go to Sacramento to speak to their state legislators about funding for adult education. This includes money for ESL, Civics, Citizenship, GED, Corrections programs, plus Career Technical Education--all of which are very, very important in the state of California and the other states as well.

Students and staff, friends and family can participate by writing letters of support to their state legislators or contact them via the CCAE mobile app. Simply tell them about WHY you love your school and how your school has CHANGED your life.

If you want to learn more facts about Adult Education, go to Educate and Educate (, a collaboration between the Coalition on Adult Basic Education and National Council of State Directors of Adult Education.

Use hashtags #AdultEducationMatters #AdultEd #MoveAheadWithAdultEd #SupportK12AdultEd in your social media posts.  Tell the world why you LOVE your school.

#AdultEducationMatters: Investing in Adult students is investing America's future!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Citizenship Spring Class 07


Spring Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 


Monday, April 19, 2021

Updated U.S. Citizenship Preparation Resources

  • Updated 04/19/2021

USCIS and Citizenship Quick Links The Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security

USCIS on YouTube

USCIS on Social Media

Preparing the Oath

  • A joint resource of the Smithsonian National American History Museum and the USCIS.  A collection of mini-videos, activities, and quizzes for each of the 100 question.  BEST! RESOURCE! EVER!

DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review

  • List of Pro Bono (free or low cost) Immigration Legal Service Providers (click your state)


American English at State: Celebrate! Holidays in the USA
This book discusses the ten federally-recognized holidays in the United States, as well as many celebratory days and heritage months. Download as an e-book or as individual PDF chapters.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Vote 
APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation.resources and voting rights videos

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Ben's Guide is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.  Check out the Master level Learning Adventures.

Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship 
Prepare for the citizenship.  Includes not only 100qs and spelling, but good N-400 vocabulary practice.  Great N-400 vocabulary and 100 Civics/History questions practice! For ESL, focus on the PERSONAL INFORMATION section for each level. 

CASAS: EL Civics Conference 2020-21 playlist
Videos from CASAS EL Civics "un-conference" about Civics and Citizenship.

CCSF: Best, OK, and Worst Citizenship Interview Strategies
50+ videos of mock interviews and interview strategies.

The Center: Citizenship
Several important publications: Citizenship Educator Orientation Packet, new glossary, training videos, and more.  A must for teachers!

This website will help you to understand the naturalization process and prepare for the naturalization tests.  

CLINIC: The Citizenship Toolkit
Many free resources including downloadable Citizenship guide and translations of the Civics questions in more than 20 languages

CLINIC: "Miguel's Naturalization Interview"
Free downloadable graphic novel about a citizenship interview.

CLINIC: Citizenship for Refugee Elders
This handbook contains information on how to create and maintain a citizenship program for older refugee immigrants. Included in the book are issues of teaching this population and teaching ideas and materials.

CUNY Citizenship Now! Exam Preparation Handbook
Provides valuable information and tools to help prepare you for the citizenship test. Civics Lessons and EL Civics for ESL Students
Learn Civics and ESL with pictures and easy words.

Evangelicals for Social Action: As the Citizen Among Us: Loving the Immigrant as Ourselves
ESA’s free small group study guide on immigration and civil rights

Elizabeth Claire's Easy English News: US Constitution in Simple English
A free digital download of the US Constitution with a side-by-side translation in Simple English.

Great lessons for multiple literacy levels.  Besides their Section on the American Presidents, there are lessons about activists and events.  Subscription required!

ESSA Group
Great series of online Citizenship Prep videos.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
GCIR has assembled collections of immigrant- and refugee-related resources on the following subtopics: Children, Youth, and Families, Demographic Data, Economy, Education, Enforcement & Detention, Health, LGBT, Refugees, and Women.

HIAS: Citizenship Prep Materials
Study guides for the U.S. citizenship test are available in six languages: Arabic, Nepali, Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

iAmerica's Citizenship guide to make sure you qualify for U.S. citizenship, help you fill out your application properly, and include the right documentation in your packet to USCIS. Sign in to download the guide in English or Spanish

I Am An Immigrant
June 1st begins Immigrant Heritage Month 2017 and the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign is launching ‘I Stand With Immigrants’, a brand new year-long initiative that provides new avenues to take in support of immigrants.

Informed Immigrant
Many resources for DACA and undocumented immigrants in English and Spanish.  Check out their Know Your Rights Guides

ILRC: Annotated N-400 and Translations in Spanish and Other Languages
This is an outstanding collection translations of the N-400 by the The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and its partners.

ILRC: RED CARDS: Know Your Rights
The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their Constitutional rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Includes SP / CH / HM / AR / KR has maintains an in-depth, searchable database of current ESL and citizenship classes in Santa Clara County, CA.

Jones Library Citizenship Resources
Check out the Jones Library free, downloadable Citizenship Guide pdf and other resources.

Julie Pittman: NEW 2016 Naturalization Practice Playlist 
9 videos review the N-400 section by section. Updated June 25, 2016.  Great Job, Julie Pittman!

Dr. Patricia Hernandez 100 & 128 Civic Questions Kahoots 

Vocabulary activities for Beginning ESL students

Lessons on American Presidents
Ready-To-Print Handouts, MP3s & Online Quizzes about all 44 US Presidents by Sean Banville

ListenandReadAlong: USCitizenship Test Material
AS the announcer reads the USCIS M638: Study Booklet: Learn About the United States Quick Civics Lessons, the words are highlighted!

As the VOA announcer reads the history lesson. the words are highlighted! 

Videos of live English and Citizenship Lessons from the staff of Literacy Pittsburg.  Look for Teacher Nicole's Citizenship videos.  

The Citizenship Kit provides teachers and volunteer tutors with all of the materials that necessary to help learners prepare for all portions of the citizenship interview, as well as activity ideas to challenge learners and keep them engaged as they study one-on-one with a tutor.  Sign in to get the Citizenship Kit, (a 70 page+ pdf).

New Americans Campaign
The New Americans Campaign is a diverse nonpartisan national network of respected immigration organizations that assists aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans.

Great series of citizenship books.  Download "Ready for the Interview" free audio

Rong-Chang: American Culture and Customs
100+ Short stories and audio plus vocabulary, comprehension, cloze, and dictation exercises

A non-profit organization that uses the power of the internet to help immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and the communities that welcome them build brighter futures for themselves and their families.  See their N-400 vocabulary list or join the online class.

USA Learns
USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English online.  Check out their Mobile Apps.

US Citizenship Podcast 
A daily blog of Citizenship resources and news with a special emphasis on N-400 practice.

uscitizenpod on YouTube
100+ videos from US Citizenship Podcast.  Students practice citizenship interviews and the 100 questions.

The history of the United States. Includes sections for the US Constitution, Presidents, Congress, the Supreme court and More!  For separate articles, audio, and videos website with individual media files.  Also visit their YouTube channel and check the America's Presidents playlist.

The latest info about U.S. immigration and more!  Also visit the VOA News You Tube channel.


60-seconds Civics
An outstanding daily podcast that deliver quality US civics and history content.  Check out their new quiz daily on their website.

Google Cultural Institute: The White House
Take a 360-degree virtual tour and explore the art and furnishings of the White House.

History Channel: Ellis Island
For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues.

The National Archives: The Declaration of Independence
Learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the Anglo-American Charters of Freedom.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Weekly Conversation with President Biden


This conversation between President Biden and Caretaker Susie brings up so cares and concerns of the American people.  Through the California In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program, younger relatives receive medical training and a small wage to take care of their elders--work which normally be unpaid--thereby supporting family dignity.

Practice talking about your job with this N-400 section script:
  1. n-400r-8       Work and School
Here is a Pop Civics Quiz

100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
  • Texas
100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary of Labor
USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?
  • Congress
USCIS 100:33. Who signs bills to become laws?
  • the President

Friday, April 16, 2021

Emancipation Day in Washington DC

Washington D.C. will mark Emancipation Day on Friday, April 16, commemorating an 1862 act signed by Abraham Lincoln which abolished slavery in the District, freeing over 3,000 people eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about Emancipation Day

USCIS 100:73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
  • the Civil War
  • the War between the States

USCIS 100:73. 74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
  • slavery
  • economic reasons
  • states’ rights

USCIS 100:73. 75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
  • freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
  • saved (or preserved) the Union
  • led the United States during the Civil War

USCIS 100:73. 76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
  • freed the slaves
  • freed slaves in the Confederacy
  • freed slaves in the Confederate states
  • freed slaves in most Southern states
Learn more
  • statehood: Why Statehood for DC?
  • uscitizenpod: A Juneteenth Citizenship Quiz: 19 Civics Questions that Celebrate Freedom video | pdf
  • uscitizenpod: USCIS 100:76 Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth video

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Income Tax Day

Note: This year, Income Taxes are due May 17, 2021

Income Tax Day
Here are fifteen citizenship questions from the N-400 and the USCIS Civics Test about taxes and our economic system. Happy Income Tax Day!

* video:
* mp3:
* pdf:
* Kahoot

USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
* April 15