Thursday, November 22, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Thanksgiving

US Citizenship Podcast

American English at State

EL Civics

VOA News

USCIS Thanksgiving Resources
Beginning Level Thanksgiving 1 Lesson Plan
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 58, 59, and 87.
Beginning Level Thanksgiving 2 Lesson Plan
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 58, 59, 64, 96, and 100.
Beginning Level Thanksgiving 3 Lesson Plan
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test item 100.
Intermediate Level Early America Lesson
The Early America lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 10, 58, 59, and 87.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month

VOANews: Native Americans Seek to Raise Awareness of their History

In 1990 then-President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution declaring November "National American Indian Heritage Month," and it's been observed ever since. VOA's Alex Yanevskyy visited the Museum of Natural History in Utah on a day when Native American heritage was being celebrated.

American English at State: Celebrate!

US Citizenship Podcast
  • Deborah Parker (Tulalip) and the Violence Against Women Act (2013) video
  • Native American Tribes Puzzle pdf
  • A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Native American Heritage Month (November)
    • A Third Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Native American Heritage Month (2018)--check back soon!
    • A Second Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Native American Heritage Month (2017)
      • video with CC:
      • podcast:
      • PDF:
    • 10 USCIS Civics questions focusing on Recent Native American History and Legislation (2016)

VOANews: Voice of America and VOA Learning English 

  • These are recent stories and videos; search for more stories and videos.  
  • After each story or video, try to ask and answer an appropriate USCIS Civics question.

  1. #DearNonNatives: What Native Americans Want Non-Natives To Know
  2. #NotInvisible: Why Are Native American Women Vanishing?
  3. Advocates Seek Justice for Abused Native American Women
  4. All About America Blog: Stunning Photos Capture Native Americans in Early 1900s
  5. American Indian Charter School Wins Approval in Oklahoma
  6. Are Federal Courts Harsher on Native American Offenders?
  7. Becoming a Social Worker
  8. Drums of Community Beats for Native-American Grads
  9. Educators Try New Methods to Save American Indian Languages
  10. English Words Borrowed From the Americas
  11. For Native American Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors, Justice is Elusive
  12. Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today’s True Native Americans
  13. Google Honors First Native American Woman Engineer
  14. Lawmakers Propose New Ways to Help Native American Women
  15. Lost Birds: Displaced, Adopted Native Americans Look to Find Their Way Home
  16. Mapping the Missing: Cartographer Plots Disappeared Native Women
  17. Many Native Americans, Citing History, Angry Over Trump Immigration Policy
  18. Massachusetts Tribe Reclaims Language Not Spoken for Six Generations
  19. Mattaponi Tribe's Pow Wow a Time of Celebration & Giving Thanks
  20. Native American Journalists Debate Future of Media in Indian Country
  21. Native American Pow Wows Celebrate Patriotism, Unity
  22. Native American Rodeo: More Than Sport, It’s ‘A Way Out’
  23. Native American Tribe Battles to Keep Land
  24. Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
  25. Native Americans Call for Rethinking of Bering Strait Theory
  26. Native Americans No Closer to Learning Fates of Boarding School Ancestors
  27. Native Americans Say Law That Protects Children at Risk
  28. Native Americans Seek to Raise Awareness of their History
  29. Native Americans Work to Break Down Barriers to Voting
  30. Navajo Nation Marks 150th Anniversary of Bosque Redondo Treaty
  31. NEH Funds Native American Cultural Projects
  32. New Mexico Democrat Poised to Become First Native American Congresswoman
  33. New Exhibit Examines Native American Imagery in US Culture
  34. Rare Horse Breed Revived for Choctaw Nation
  35. Record Number of Native American Women to Run in 2018 Midterm Polls
  36. Report: US News Media Part of the Problem in Misunderstanding Native Americans
  37. Rise in Hate Crimes Alarms Native American Communities
  38. Separating Myth and Fact About Pocahontas
  39. Squanto: From Slave to Diplomat
  40. This is America: Visiting Sacred Grounds in National Park Monuments
  41. US Rules Descendants of Cherokees' Former Slaves Have Full Tribal Rights
  42. Utah Monument Fight Reflects National Debate
  43. Water, Stone and History in Navajo Land
  44. Whales Revered as Center of Alaska Inupiat Life
  45. Why Aren't More Native Americans Members of the US Congress?
  46. VOA News Videos About Native American Culture and News

Thursday, November 15, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 24, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

White Mountain Presidential Puzzle

  • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Norma Torres Mendoza (Escuintla, Guatemala) pdf

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The United States Congress

VOA Learning English: The United States Congress

USCIS 100:13. Name one branch or part of the government.*

USCIS 100:14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

USCIS 100:17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*

USCIS 100:18. How many U.S. Senators are there?

USCIS 100:19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators?*

USCIS 100:21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

USCIS 100:22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.

USCIS 100:24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?

USCIS 100:25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

USCIS 100:47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 23, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.3 Branches of Government
  • Preparing the Oath: Government Basics

  • Citizenship Interview Quiz: América Griselda Ayes (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) pdf