Saturday, September 22, 2018

USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools App

USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools App

USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools is an official application of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), designed to help you study for the civics test portion of the naturalization interview.

Also subscribe to USCIS and USCIS Espanol on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview

uscitizenpod: Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Week! Tonight, we invited our friends, family, and community members to visit our school. Patricia from ESL 6 (who is helping translate my Mix-and-Match interviews into Spanish for Hispanic Heritage Month) interviews me for students from ESL 3.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 09, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

Constitution Week 2018

Pictures from Milpitas Adult School's Constitution Day

  1. n-400r-12d   Group Violence
  2. n-400r-12e   Work in a Prison
  3. n-400r-12f   Gangs, Weapons, Child Soldiers
  4. B-4 Mix and Match Citizenship Interview
Intermediate Level U.S. History in the 1800s
The U.S. History in the 1800s lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 60, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Day (September 17)

uscitizenpod: The U.S. Constitution

A basic introduction to the Constitution for ESL/Citizenship students. This video is based upon a ppt that I made in 2005 and modified in 2008. 

ListenAndReadAlong is an AWESOME resource that produces videos that highlights words as they are heard from VOA news reports and features.
National Constitution Center: Constitution Day - Lesson Plans and Activities Preparing for The Oath


USScourts: U.S. Courts: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Live Coverage (video)
Live coverage of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and Ellis Island in New York, NY, begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on 9/16. Watch new American citizens take the oath of allegiance at naturalization ceremonies.  Hint: This video is 1 hour 40 minutes.  It is very inspirational, but a bit too long for class.  Check out the US Courts' 40 seconds preview here.

VOA Learning English: What's So Important about Sept. 17?

Thanks for studying the U.S. Constitution--I know that you will be a great American citizen!

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

And the Pursuit of Happiness

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist’s idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics. (source: Amazon)

These chapters originally appeared in a NY Times monthly blog and have been collected into her book, And the Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness Blog: Maira Kalman 

An Inauguration At Last

In Love with A. Lincoln

So Moved

May It Please the Court

At Ease

Time Wastes Too Fast

Can Do

I Lift My Lamp Besides the Golden Door

For Goodness Sake

E Pluribus Unum

Back to the Land

By George 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Min Hui Liu Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Min Hui Liu Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview

Next week is Constitution and Citizenship Week during which students young and old study and sign the Constitution, affirming their commitment to uphold the principles and laws of the United States. USCIS and federal judges co-host special Oath Ceremonies in honor of the signing of Constitution on Sept 17, 1787.

Today we will listen to our second interview with Min Hui Liu, who passed her citizenship interview on Sept 11, and has been invited to take her Oath of Naturalization during one of these special events. First you will hear a short interview and civics questions, followed by a report-back from her interview, and her plans to help prepare her husband and coworkers for their citizenship interviews. Let's get started!