Sunday, June 24, 2018

PRIDE



In honor of LGBT Pride Month, a single question about the Flag: Long May She Wave!

Take the full quiz:

LOVE AND PRIDE: A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of LGBT Pride Month (10 questions)
Text: uscitizenpod
Video: Lori Saltis

Saturday, June 23, 2018

An 'American at Heart' Becomes a Citizen





VOANews: An 'American at Heart' Becomes a Citizen


When Brazilian native Kelly Oliveira, signed up for the U.S. Army through a program that offered her citizenship for her service, she thought she had it made. But it took two years for the army to work through added background checks. During that time she struggled to remain legal. VOA's Aline Barros reports that Oliveira finally made it through the process and was sworn in as a citizen last week.

Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/american-at-heart-becomes-a-citizen-/4445085.html

Friday, June 22, 2018

CASASSI18 Tech Up You Citizenship Class

Teacher Jennifer's comment: Due to a family emergency, I must skip CASASS18. Here is the presentation. Please contact me at jgagliar@musd.org for any further questions. Thank you.




CASASSI18 Tech Up You Citizenship Class

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CASASSI18 CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation

Teacher Jennifer's comment: Due to a family emergency, I must skip CASASS18. Here is the presentation. Please contact me at jgagliar@musd.org for any further questions. Thank you.



CASASSI18 CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol video shows holding facility in McAllen, Texas





VOANews: U.S. Border Patrol video shows holding facility in McAllen, Texas



In recent weeks, news stories of children in detention centers have circulated more widely, and the numbers of detained children have grown.



Department of Homeland Security officials told reporters Friday that between April 19 and May 31 of this year, nearly 2,000 (1,995) children were separated from their parents or other adults with whom they were traveling.



A video released Monday by Customs and Border Protection shows what appears to be humane conditions at a shelter site for children, but this is the only video that has been released from within one of the detention centers.



Later Monday, the news outlet ProPublica released an audio recording that appears to capture the disturbing sound of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility.


Read more https://www.voanews.com/a/looking-for-truth-behind-separating-families-at-border/4444230.html

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Juneteenth



uscitzenpod: USCIS 100:76 Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth

Today we continue our exploration of the USCIS History and Government questions and African American History. Today we will talk about USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

We will first read about Q76 from the USCIS M638 quick civics lesson. Then we will listen to an interview with Robin Braxton who helps organizes our local Juneteenth festival. Robin will talk about Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth celebrates the day when slaves in Texas heard about the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is also a holiday that celebrates African American history and culture. Let's get started!



VOANews: Annual Juneteenth Festival Celebrated Around the World

The news that US President Abraham Lincoln had emancipated slaves in the rebellious southern states in September, 1862, did not reach slaves in Texas until June 19, 1865, a few months after the end of the US Civil war. With the arrival of federal troops that day, and the end of slavery, the newly freed African Americans held a big celebration, which they called Juneteenth. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually ever since... and not just in Texas.

NEW FOR 2017!!!



A Juneteenth Citizenship Quiz: 19 Civics Questions that Celebrate Freedom
podcast: https://goo.gl/BX6hej
quiz pdf https://goo.gl/HcJVQT

More Juneteenth ESL/Citizenship Resources:

Monday, June 18, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 6: News and Social Media



VOA News Literacy Lesson 6: News and Social Media

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-6-news-social-media/4396418.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in this story:

tyrant – n. a ruler who has complete power over a country and who is cruel and unfair

cruelty – n. a desire to cause others to suffer : the quality or state of being cruel

legitimate – adj. allowed according to rules or laws

erroneous – adj. not correct

manipulate – v. to deal with or control (someone or something) in a clever and usually unfair or selfish way

reputation – n. the common opinion that people have about someone or something

distress – n. suffering that affects the mind or body

lure – v. to cause or persuade (a person or an animal) to go somewhere or to do something by offering some pleasure or gain

gossip – n. information about the behavior and personal lives of other people

obligation – n. something that you must do because of a law, rule, promise, etc.

discrepancy – n. a difference especially between things that should be the same

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast



uscitizenpod: Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Who signs bills to become laws?

a) the President
a) the President Pro Tempore
b) the Speaker of the House
c) the Vice-President

Happy Father's Day!

#FamiliesBelongTogether