Saturday, December 15, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Bill of Rights Day

uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights Interview Quizzes
The texts of the Bill of Rights matched with questions from the USCIS N-400 Part 12 and the USCIS 100 History/Government questions.
  • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)
  • The Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf (2016)
  • A Citizenship Quiz about the Bill of Rights pdf (2015)

uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quizzes

VOA Learning English: What Does the Bill of Rights Say?
What Do the Amendments in the Bill of Rights Say?
More Bill of Rights Resources

Check back for more resources....

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 29, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

  • Voices of Freedom Activity Book: Part 12 Vocabulary G
  • A "Common" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (53qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)

  • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)

Homework (watch these videos at home)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Resources for Human Rights Day

uscitizenpod: A Quick Guide to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

HRAC videos:

More resources:

USCIS 100:9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
  • life
  • liberty
  • pursuit of happiness

Sunday, December 9, 2018

What Is the US Senate?

VOANews: What Is the US Senate?

USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?
▪ Congress
▪ Senate and House (of Representatives)
▪ (U.S. or national) legislature

USCIS 100:17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
▪ the Senate and House (of Representatives)

USCIS 100:18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
▪ one hundred (100)

USCIS 100:19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
▪ six (6)

USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]

USCIS 100:24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
▪ all people of the state

Thursday, December 6, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 28, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

uscitizenpod: Huong's Practice Interview 
Huong's daughter practices with Teacher Jennifer so that Huong can prepare for her Citizenship Interview while she is taking care of her son in the hospital. 

  • 5:45-6 pm show this video as a warm-up
  • play the video on the computer  (click the link above)

  • An “Everyday” Citizenship Interview based on the USCIS N-400 (51qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)
    • ppt (6:00-6:10 show the ppt first)
    • pdf (6:10-6:30 let the students read the appropriate question for each slide; then divide students into pairs and let them interview each other; monitor their progress; pass out 10-12 red civics flash so they can quiz each other after the interview--this approximates the citizenship interview)
    • Equipment note: you may need to more the video cable back and forth between the computer and the document camera.  Simply unplug the cable and move it to the correct port.  I will mark the port.  If there is a problem, please ask another teacher.

  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.8 The Constitution and Federalist Period (pg 125-143)
    • 6:30-7:30 students take turns reading the textbook aloud 
      • display the textbook via the document camera!
    • complete the exercises in the textbook page by page, then review together as a class before moving on to the next page.  Focus on oral, rather than written practice.  (copies will be provided)
    • Complete the Unit summary lesson (separate handout)
  • Preparing the Oath: Writing the Constitution
    • 8:00-8:15 watch the videos after completing the textbook and handouts
      • play the videos via the computer
    • note--enable Flash by clicking Yes
  • Hao Thi Vu (Vietnam): A Quick Interview for US Constitution and Citizenship Day 2014 based on the new N-400r (2014)
    • 8:15-8:35 allow students enough time to complete the quiz, then orally review the answers
      • display the textbook via the document camera!

Homework (watch these videos at home)

Extra material:
  • U.S. Constitution - Intermediate Level 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