Friday, September 22, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week 2017: Friday (Mix-and-Match U.S. Citizenship Interviews & Quizzes)


Mix-and-Match U.S. Citizenship Interviews and Quizzes
http://eepurl.com/c30oVz

Sign up for our newsletter and download our free pdf Mix-and-Match U.S. Citizenship Interviews and Quizzes. Teachers can create a variety of practice interviews for their students by pairing an interview with a quiz, then making double-sided copies.  Each level has 5 versions of the interview. Two of the five practice interviews are included below.

Series A interview (10 questions) for Beginning Low ESL 1 students.
Series B interview (15 questions) for Beginning High ESL 2 students.
Series C interview (20 questions) for Intermediate Low ESL 3 students.
Series D interview (25 questions) for Intermediate High  ESL 4 students.

Also included are three sets of civics quizzes.  Two samples from each set are included below:

Ten Thematic Multiple-Choice Quizzes 

Ten Mixed Multiple-Choice Quizzes

Ten Paired Thematic Fill In the Blank Quizzes (20 quizzes total) 

One final note: I wrote this Mix-and-Match U.S. Citizenship Interviews and Quizzes and 30 N-400 Section Practice Interviews (2016)for the expressed purpose to facilitate focused preparation for U.S. Citizenship interview. This pdf is based on, but does not include all the language tasks (grammar, vocabulary, etc) associated USCIS Form N-400.  Because class time is limited and our students' time is precious, I wanted to create a short, paired-based activity during which both partners would feel like they fairly "had their say."  These paired "events" are part of the ongoing conversation of American Democracy.

Sign up for our newsletter and download our free pdf Mix-and-Match U.S. Citizenship Interviews and Quizzes

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week 2017: Class 10

The MAE Citizenship class hosted Constitution and Citizenship Week festivities at Milpitas Adult School

N-400
Civics
  • Citizenship: Passing the Test: The Constitution  by Lynn Weintraub (publisher's website)
  • si.edu: Preparing for The Oath

Integration
  • Lan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam): Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview Quiz 2015 pdf

Homework
Beginning Level Benjamin Franklin and U.S. Constitution Lesson Plan
Benjamin Franklin and the U.S. Constitution lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 1, 2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 65, 66, 67, and 68.
Beginning Level Bill of Rights and Other Amendments Lesson Plan
The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 48, 50, 51, 54, and 66.
Intermediate Level U.S. Constitution Lesson
The U.S. Constitution lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 41, 42, 65, 66, 67, and 68.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week 2017: Tuesday

The U.S. Constitution
Today Milpitas Adult School will be celebrating 
Constitution and Citizenship Week.  The ESL 1 and the Citizenship classes will be handing out 


BL Series A: 10 Questions

BH Series B: 15 Questions

IL Series C: 20 Questions

IH-ADV Series D: 25 Questions
  • Practice 1
  • Practice 2
  • Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quiz 01  pdf
  • Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quiz 02  pdf
  • Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quiz 03  pdf
  • Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quiz 04  pdf
  • Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quiz 05  pdf
More Citizenship Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Week http://bit.ly/USConstWeek

Monday, September 18, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week 2017: Monday



uscitizenpod: How to Study for Your U.S. Citizenship Interview (English and Cantonese)

Teacher Lisa Lau talks about the importance of the Bill of Rights and how to study for your Citizenship Interview (English and Cantonese).

UPDATED:
A Handy Copy of the USCIS 100 Questions

The USCIS 100 questions and answers are listed side-by-side so the students can quiz themselves.  Updated for Constitution and Citizenship Week 2017.  Enjoy!

More Citizenship Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Week http://bit.ly/USConstWeek

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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

si.edu: Preparing for The Oath

USCIS: 

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!

Check back for updates!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions




A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions
  • pdf: https://goo.gl/XPCNgd
  • mp3: https://goo.gl/s3b4Jd
More Citizenship Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Week http://bit.ly/USConstWeek


The Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12:

The 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right of peaceable assembly, and the right to petition the government.

  • N-400 Part 12:12. Have you ever persecuted any person because of his race, religion, national origin, membership in a particular group, or political opinion?

The 2nd Amendment protects the right to bear arms in order to provide communal security.

  • N-400 Part 12:48. If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms on behalf of the US?

The 3rd Amendment protects the right of private property in times of peace and war.

  • N-400 Part 12:17b. Did you ever help any group that used a weapon against any person or threatened to do so?

The 4th Amendment protects against illegal search, seizure, or arrest.

  • N-400 Part 12:23. Have you ever been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer?

The 5th Amendment protect the rights of a person accused of a crime.

  • N-400 Part 12:24 Have you ever been charged with committing, attempting to commit, or assisting in committing a crime or offense?

The 6th Amendment protects the right to a fair trial.

  • N-400 Part 12:25. Have you ever been convicted of a crime or offense?

The 7th Amendment protects the right to a trial by jury.

  • USCIS 100:49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*

The 8th Amendment protects people from excessive fines and cruel or unusual punishment.

  • N-400 Part 12:14c. Have you ever badly hurt, or trying to hurt, a person on purpose?

The 9th Amendment protects the rights of the people not listed in the Constitution.

  • USCIS 100:09. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

The 10th Amendment protects the states’ powers.

  • USCIS 100:42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?


The Bill of Rights and USCIS Civics Questions

Although it originally had twelve amendments, what do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

The Bill of Rights was added to the US Constitution on December 15, 1791. When was the Constitution written?

The Articles of the Constitution set up our plan of government. What does the Bill of Rights of the Constitution do?

The Bill of Rights protects the rights of everyone living in the United States including freedom of expression and the right to bear arms. What is one right or freedom from the First
Amendment?

The First Amendment also protects religious freedom and prohibits the establishment of a state religion. What is freedom of religion?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Immigrants and Refugees Revive Depressed Neighborhood



VOANews: Immigrants and Refugees Revive Depressed Neighborhood

A large influx of immigrants and refugees certainly helps boost the population of a region. But they can also have social and economic impacts. The northern part of Columbus, Ohio - an abandoned wasteland in the early 2000s - has been revitalized thanks to the new Americans. VOA’s June Soh takes you to the Morse road corridor where the city’s true entrepreneurial heart is.