Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Ramadan



Citizenship Resources for the Month of Ramadan


A Citizenship Quiz for the Month of Ramadan



Interview Podcasts 
  • 2016 Spring Citizenship Interview with Ali Akbari (Malyasia/Iran) (2016) mp3
  • An "Everyday" Citizenship Interview with Munni Thakkar (Mumbai, India) (2016) mp3
  • A Basic Citizenship Interview with Pari Akibari (Esfahan, Iran) (2007) (mp3)

Quizzes (pdf)
  • A Citizenship Quiz for the Month of Ramadan pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Esam Omeish (Liberia) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Hushang Ansary (Iran) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Louay Safi pdf
  •  Citizenship Interview Quiz for Mohamed Awad Elhassan pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Nimco Ahmed (Libya) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Rend al-Rahim (Iraq) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Safa Aldabyani (Yemen) pdf
Videos
  • New US Citizen Minire Karamanaga (Bosnia/Yugoslavia) (2010) video
  • New US Citizen Sardar Habibi (Afghanistan) (English) (video)
  • New US Citizen Sardar Habibi (Afghanistan) (Farsi) (video)
  • Tasleem's First Practice Interview (Pakistan) video
  • Tasleem's Second Practice Interview (Pakistan) video
  • 2015 USCIS 100 Remix Round 1 Twos with Tasleem (Pakistan)  video
  • Tasleem Khaldoon talks about her Citizenship Interview (Pakistan) video

Arabic
Farsi
  • CLINIC: 100 Civics Questions in Farsi
  • ACLU: Immigrants' Rights: What To Do If Stopped (IN FARSI) (video)
  • ACLU: What To Do When Faced With Anti-Muslim Discrimination (in Farsi) (video)
  • CA DMV: California Driver Handbook (pdf)
  • John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm): Naturalization for Iranians (Farsi/Persian) سیتیزنشیپ وتابعیت امریکا برای ایرانیان (video)
  • MedicinePlus: Health Information in Farsi (فارسی) (web page)
  • SSA: Social Security Resources in Farsi (web page)
  • VOA Farsi
Urdu
For more resources, go to

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 38

No, not Learning Chocolate, we will be taking CASAS.org Assessments
Tonight, Citizenship students will take a CASAS test so that they can return to class August 22.

Thursday, June 1st our last class.  Come to class on that day to get your Registration Form for August 21!

There is no summer school, however Milpitas Library will have Citizenship Classes start Wed June 12.


Today we give 2 (or possibly 3) CASAS tests to our current Citizenship Students


  • The Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) is a one-on-one oral assessment that simulates the citizenship applicant's English-language interview with a USCIS examiner (This test will be given to students who have been in class for several months).
  • The Government and History for Citizenship tests reveal how much students know about American government and history. (All citizenship students will take this test)

Life and Work Reading Sample Test  (All citizenship students will take this test)

Use these sample test items to:
  • familiarize students with CASAS items
  • help reduce student test-taking anxiety
These items are samples to familiarize students with CASAS test formats. Since they are not actual tests, they are not predictors of student performance, and are not valid for level placement, assessment, or for reporting standardized scores.
Printable Version
PowerPoint Version




You must take a CASAS rest after May 15 so that you can return to class August 22.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day




Cities across the United States have erected memorials to the hometown heroes who fought and died in America's wars, from the American Revolution of 1776 to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Washington, DC, is no exception. The capital city area is home to some of the best-known military monuments, as Faith Lapidus reports on this Memorial Day.  Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/memorial-day-military-monuments-special-meaning/3870473.html


VOANews: Former POW: 'Forget, Forgive and Love Our Enemies' (2017 video)

On the final Monday in May, Americans observe Memorial Day to pay homage to the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Special attention is paid to American warriors killed during the controversial Vietnam War, fought between communists in the North and anti-communists in the South. VOA’s Serbian Service reporter Nikoleta Ilic recently caught up with one of many Americans who spent years as a prisoner of war.

Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3870470.html

More Memorial Day Resources

Memorial Day Resources from uscitizenpod
  • Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day 
  • A 21-Question “Salute” for Memorial Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs
  • Memorial Day: Vietnam Time Line (video)
    Ngo Huu Phuc reads "The Vietnam Time Line" essay in honor of Memorial Day. Mr Ngo was a mechanic in the South Vietnam Air Force and studied for US Citizenship at Milpitas Adult School. He became a US Citizen in 2009.  You can find a copy of "The Vietnam Time Line" in HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL DAYS IN THE USA by Mary Glasgow, Scholastic Inc., 2001, ISBN 1-900702-59-2.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial, Washington DC (photos)
    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, The Three Soldiers, and The Vietnam Women's Memorial, april 2013.  I took this picture in 2010 near the Vietnam Heritage Garden, San Jose.  May the American and Vietnamese peoples always stand together!
  • uscitizenpod (gagliajn): Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial
    These photos were taken on Memorial Day 2013 at Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial, Guadalupe Park, by Paula Harbor and were uploaded to Facebook. I asked Paula if I could share them. Her comments:

    I hate war. I hate violence. I hate greed. I look at this name etched into granite and wonder ... what if?

    Over the course of the couple hours I was at this memorial today people came and went. Parents, siblings, friends, vets, Vietnamese with bouquets of thanks. Everyone had a story. "Do you have someone on the wall?" The answer was always yes and the story told. A man came and put his hand on my shoulder. After several moments we spoke. He helped with find raising the memorial and talked about his buddies who are on the wall. I shared about Gus.


    For more info, see http://goo.gl/uulqUi and http://www.sjwarmemorial.com/
Check back later for more resources

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A 21-Question “Salute” for Memorial Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs



A 21-Question “Salute” for Memorial Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs
Memorial sites referenced in this quiz

01. Old Granary Burial Ground in Boston <bit.ly/1lMiWtH>
02. The Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence <1.usa.gov/1tDRIMa>
03. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial <1.usa.gov/1p9thX3>
04: The Star Spangled Banner <1.usa.gov/1TH68Xd> <s.si.edu/1VpCYk8>
05. The San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park <bit.ly/SDejuZ>
06. The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial <1.usa.gov/1oxWTep>
07. The Gettysburg Cemetery <nps.gov/gett>
08. The Arlington National Cemetery <arlingtoncemetery.mil>
09. The Arlington National Cemetery Spanish-American War memorials <bit.ly/S9Hl4V>
10. The Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns <tombguard.org>
11. The Liberty Memorial <theworldwar.org>
12. and 13. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's “Four Freedoms” speech <nps.gov/frde>
14. The USS Arizona Memorial <nps.gov/valr>
15. The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II <njamf.com>
16. The World War II Memorial on the National Mall, Washington DC <nps.gov/nwwm>
17. The Korean War Veterans Memorial <nps.gov/kowa>
18. The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial <nps.gov/vive>
19. The National Desert Storm War Memorial,Washington DC <ndswm.org>
20. There are three major memorials which honors those who lost their lives on September 11:
      NYC 911Memorial.org, Arlington, VA <PentagonMemorial.org>, UA 93 <nps.gov/flni>
21. Naturalization Through Military Service: USCIS Fact Sheet <1.usa.gov/1TH7fpS>


Friday, May 26, 2017

Former POW: 'Forget, Forgive and Love Our Enemies'



VOANews: Former POW: 'Forget, Forgive and Love Our Enemies'

On the final Monday in May, Americans observe Memorial Day to pay homage to the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Special attention is paid to American warriors killed during the controversial Vietnam War, fought between communists in the North and anti-communists in the South. VOA’s Serbian Service reporter Nikoleta Ilic recently caught up with one of many Americans who spent years as a prisoner of war.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3870470.html

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 37



Raise Your Brain: 22 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT CALIFORNIA

N-400

Civics:



Integration

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A "Casual" Citizenship Interview with Vanita


For this interview, my fellow teacher, Vanita, asks the Examiner's questions. You can download the script and follow along. 

A "Casual" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (40qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)


LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 36

USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?



VOANews: American Civic Groups Take on Polarization

In the United States, the 2016 presidential election revealed deep societal divisions that threaten the nation's future. Several nonprofit groups have targeted this problem. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Washington, one of these new efforts involves people from different backgrounds and ideological positions working together on projects that benefit the needy.
Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/a/american-civic-groups-take-on-polarization/3863030.html

N-400
Civics

  • Voices of Freedom: Ch 12: Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Preparing for the Oath: Rights and Responsibilities

Integration



Monday, May 22, 2017

America's Presidents - James Madison



VOA Learning English: James Madison: Not Your Everyday Politician

Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/3760750.html

POP QUIZ!

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

2. What does the Constitution do?

3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What

4. What is an amendment?

5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*

7. Name one branch or part of the government.*

8. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

9. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

10. When was the Constitution written?

11. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

12. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.

13. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

14. What is the name of the national anthem?

15. What is the capital of the United States?*

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