Friday, July 21, 2017

NEW Equality and Freedom Intermediate Level Lesson Plan from USCIS

USCIS: Intermediate Level

Susan B. Anthony
The Equality and Freedom lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 6, 48, 60, 74, 77, 84, and 85.
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Beginning Level Equality and Freedom Lesson Plan
Equality and Freedom lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 6, 77, 84, 85, and 100.

Smithsonian: Preparing for the Oath: Rights (video) (transcript pg 14-17)

This teacher guide features a student handout, Finish the Sentence—Rights, and steps for taking the class through the Rights theme. Download teacher guide.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Diep Bui's Practice Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Summer School Practice Citizenship Interview #2 with Diep Bui

Today we are going to listen to Diep Bui new versions of the Easy Interview--15 questions based on the N-400 plus some civics questions. These interviews are part of the Round-Robin series of interviews and listening quizzes that will be release Labor Day 2017.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

US Citizenship Summer Interview 2


Today we are going to listen to a couple from Shanghai responding to two new versions of the Easy Interview--15 questions based on the N-400 plus some civics questions.  These interviews are part of the Round-Robin series of interviews and listening quizzes that will be release Labor Day 2016.

Episodes of US Citizenship Podcast are now available on Stitcher plus the uscitizenpod YouTube channel where you will find more videos from our Summer School ESL/Citizenship at Milpitas Adult Education.

More News: I just received the proof for the new paperback edition of my book, US Citizenship Bootcamp.  Prepare for the US Citizenship interview by completing a series of 10 interviews based on the USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization (rev 03/26/16). The first interview includes 10 simple questions; the subsequent interviews gradually introduce new vocabulary and grammar patterns. Includes civics quizzes, 2 glossaries, Citizenship resources, and more!

You can get the ebook now from Apple iBook or Smashwords.  However, the new paperback is a big improvement over the ebook: each chapter has picture and definition vocabulary quizzes plus an expanded chapter about the Oath of Allegiance.  Order the book from  I wil have more info sbout the book in a week or two.

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ebook: US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview By Jennifer Gagliardi
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PaperbacK: US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview By Jennifer Gagliardi

Sunday, July 16, 2017

U.S. Citizenship's Final Step: The Oath | The Daily 360

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NYTimes: U.S. Citizenship's Final Step: The Oath | The Daily 360

In this 360° video, attend a naturalization ceremony with Zachee Pouga Tinhaga, a lawyer from Cameroon, as he takes the oath of allegiance to become a U.S. citizen.

By: Michael Kirby Smith, Niko Koppel, Guglielmo Mattioli

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Prayer for Refugees

Teacher Jennifer says: I created this post in response to the following video. Learn more about the good work of Lutheran Social Services Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program.   Call your Senators and Representatives or use the Countable app to publicly support or oppose the Travel Ban.

VOA News Video: Travel Ban Complicates Families Awaiting Refugee Foster Children
While a U.S.judge expanded the rules for coming to the U.S. under the travel order Thursday, some groups remain in limbo, including children without family who come to the U.S. to live with guardians known as foster parents. The refugee agency that serves the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program says it doubts the new ruling affects. As Arash Arabasadi reports the would-be parents continue to wait. Originally published at -

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CLINIC: The Story of US

CLINIC: The Story of US: Preview Clip

“The Story of Us” features Aden Batar, a Muslim from Somalia who became an American citizen after being granted asylum in the United States. Now, he works as the Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director at Catholic Community Services of Utah in Salt Lake City. The show also highlighted the work of Holy Cross Ministries, particularly their services to victims of domestic abuse. In what may seem like an unlikely place for “outsiders” to make a home, Salt Lake City residents are creating a community where everybody is welcome.

It may be broadcast at any time. You can find a list of currently scheduled air dates for episodes in The Visionaries series here. “The Story of US” is part of Season 21.
The producers of the documentary, Visionaries, are also working with us to develop means for local organizations and Catholic media outlets to use the show for advocacy and promotional efforts. Please consider contacting your local affiliate and encouraging them to air this uplifting look at the work done with refugees and victims of human trafficking. Find contact information for your local PBS affiliate here:
If you need further information or wish to preview the episode, please fill out the form on this page.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CUNY Citizenship Now!

CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. 

  • Exam Preparation Handbook (free pdf)
    • Provides valuable information and tools to help prepare you for the citizenship test.
  • Citizenship Now! Naturalization Guide (free pdf)
    • A guide to the naturalization process from application to swearing-in and beyond.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

VOA News Words: Birthright Citizenship

VOA News Words: Birthright Citizenship

Birthright citizenship are a couple of long words. Find out what they mean and why they are important with your News Words hosts.
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VOA Learning English: Some in US Questioning 'Birthright Citizenship' (2015)

Any baby born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. This is called “birthright citizenship.” Republicans running for president are questioning whether it should continue to be the law of the land. Donald Trump is a New York businessman and television reality show host who wants to be president. He is calling for an end to the birthright citizenship policy.

VOA Learning English: An American National, But Not a Citizen (2016)

Except for American Samoa, people born in these territories automatically become U.S. citizens. They have many of the same rights as other U.S. citizens; however, they may not vote for president, and they do not pay federal taxes. People who live in American Samoa are U.S. nationals but are not automatically given birthright citizenship. In other words, they do not automatically become U.S. citizens at birth. (Read more)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Citizenship Interview 1

Summer Citizenship Interview 1

I started US Citizenship Podcast in 2007 because many of my students were unable attend class regularly because of family responsibilities.  In summer, the reverse is true: many schools are closed and citizenship  programs are hiatus.  so I want to start off this episode with one of the very best ways about how to prepare for your Citizenship Interview:

HINT: Notice things around you that are ANSWERS on the Citizenship Test--then try to remember the QUESTIONS.

This could be as easy as opening your wallet: take out your driver's license and see how many N-400 questions you can answer simply from the info on your driver's  license.  You may have credit cards that get you points for airline tickets for your next trip, photos of your family, a paycheck stub, and a parking ticket.

Money, especially coins, is not only useful to review the presidents but geography as well.

Today's pdf of the geography quiz takes the HINT a bit further: street signs, store and restaurant signs, a kid wearing a sports jersey, a car with the out-of-state license plate may be the ANSWER to a Civics Question.  Repeat the answer to yourself, then try to remember to the civics question.  Every time you connect the N-400 and the civics questions to your daily life, you are that much closer to your goal of US citizenship.

As Eliza Schuyler sings to Hamilton: "Look around, look around at how lucky we are!"

Beginning Inteview pdf

USCIS 100:88-95: Geography Quiz

Friday, July 7, 2017

National Archives: 11,000 Failed Attempts to Change US Constitution

VOANews: National Archives: 11,000 Failed Attempts to Change US Constitution

Each year, the National Archives organizes events marking the Fourth of July, the birthday of the United States of America. This year, the National Archives prepared an especially fitting exhibition. Entitled “Amending America,” it is a story about thousands of failed attempts to change the U.S. Constitution, a succinct body of fundamental principles and precedents by which America is governed. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic recently caught up with National Archives curator, Christine Blackerby. Originally published at -


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 are these words?

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. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

10. What is freedom of religion?

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

41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

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

48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

50. Name one right only for United States citizens.

51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

66. When was the Constitution written?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

FACTITIOUS: Play This Game To Test Your Fake News Judgment

Digital Citizenship: 
 to use information technology in order to engage in society, politics, and government.

Factitious is a new online game to teach students about fake news.  Learn more:

USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of speech
  • freedom of assembly
  • freedom to petition the government
  • freedom of religion
  • the right to bear arms

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Exhibit Walks Tourists Through 241 Years of American History

VOANews: Exhibit Walks Tourists Through 241 Years of American History

Ahead of the Independence Day celebration, many museums across the country inaugurate special exhibits dedicated to the most important moments in American history. VOA Russian’s Maxim Moskalkov went to a vast display at the National Museum of American History.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Independence Day

uscitizenpod: Independence Day Citizenship Interview with Lien Ho (2017)

uscitizenpod: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs for Independence Day
New for 2016: 24 questions based on the N-400r plus 10 civics question.

uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Podcast Independence Day Quiz (video)
Celebrate Independence Day with uscitizenpod. Here is a quiz based on USCIS 100:08, 09, 61, 62, 63, 64, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100. Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship

This web resource provides online videos and activities on the 100 civics questions from the naturalization test and highlights museum objects from the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the “Establishing Independence” and “Symbols and Holidays” themes for information on Independence Day.

USCIS: For Independence Day
USCIS highlights some of the resources for learners and teachers that are related to this important holiday.

NEW: Civics Questions Playlist 

USCIS helps you prepare for the civics test by posting a new paylist: one video for each civics and history question asked by different examiners.  For Independence Day, check out 100:08, 09, 61, 62, 63, 64, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100.  Good job, USCIS!

USCIS: Lesson Plans and Activities

Visit this page to find lesson plans, student handouts, and answer keys on a variety of topics, including Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence (Beginning Level), American Symbols and Celebrations (Beginning and Intermediate Levels), Establishing Independence (Intermediate Level).

USCIS: Independence Day 2015 - Declaration of Independence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( thanks everyone who participated in our video project to celebrate the nation's 239th birthday on July 4. To find naturalization ceremony photos and immigrant stories posted by some of the more than 700,000 people each year who become U.S. citizens, check #newUScitizen and #newAmericans on social media.

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American English at State: Celebrate Independence Day (pdf)
Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.

JenniferESL: Lesson 26 - Red, White & Blue Idioms - Happy Fourth of July!

Learn six idioms based on the colors red, white, and blue.  MORE PRACTICE

Rachel's English: 4th of July Traditions
Happy 4th of July! This is the day we celebrate America’s independence. Study vocabulary, pronunciation, and phrases as we study REAL English conversation and learn about 4th of July traditions in the US.

TED-ED: What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis (video)
In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

US News: 15,000 people became Americans on Independence Day 2017

Immigrants from around the world celebrated their new American citizenship in over 65 naturalization ceremonies across the United States.

VOANews: Ahead of Independence Day Holiday, Children Take Oath to Become US Citizens
One of the themes of this year's Smithsonian Folk Life Festival is immigration. As part of the festival events, a group of 25 children were sworn in as U.S. Citizens, just ahead of America's Independence Day holiday. VOA's Elizabeth Cherneff reports.Originally published at -

VOANews: Americans Reflect on Meaning of Independence Day
Savoring freedoms and hoping others worldwide will soon be able to do the same

VOA Learning English: America's Birthplace: Independence National Historical Park (mp3 and article)
This week, our U.S. National Parks journey takes us to the eastern city of Philadelphia, an important place in American history.

Monday, July 3, 2017

USCIS to Naturalize 15,000 New Citizens During Independence Day Holiday

USCIS to Naturalize 15,000 New Citizens During Independence Day Holiday

“July Fourth marks the birth of our country, and for 15,000 people, it marks the birth of a new chapter as American citizens,” USCIS Acting Director James McCament said. “These new members of our community will add to the diverse fabric of our nation and will now be able to enjoy the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.” (Read more)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Citizens Share Their Experience: July 4th Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello: New Citizens Share Their Experience: July 4th Monticello

Newly naturalized citizens share their reactions to the 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello on July 4th, 2013.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day with Local Naturalization Ceremonies

Celebrating Independence Day with Local Naturalization Ceremonies

USCIS marks Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies across the country. This year, we will welcome nearly 15,000 new citizens during more than 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country. A list of highlighted ceremonies is below. (Read more for the list of Local Naturalization Ceremonies)