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

si.edu: 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!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

News Words: Vulnerable

VOA Learning English: Vulnerable

The Trump administration’s new policy called for the arrest of migrants who came into the U.S. illegally. Families were separated during legal proceedings. Doctors say young children are the most vulnerable to health problems from family separations.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 07, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

9/11 stories
  • Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub (Work)
  • n-400r-12a   General Info
  • Lan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam): Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview Quiz 2015 pdf