Saturday, September 22, 2018

USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools App



USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools App

USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools is an official application of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), designed to help you study for the civics test portion of the naturalization interview.

Also subscribe to USCIS and USCIS Espanol on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview



uscitizenpod: Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Week! Tonight, we invited our friends, family, and community members to visit our school. Patricia from ESL 6 (who is helping translate my Mix-and-Match interviews into Spanish for Hispanic Heritage Month) interviews me for students from ESL 3.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 09, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

Constitution Week 2018

Pictures from Milpitas Adult School's Constitution Day

N-400
  1. n-400r-12d   Group Violence
  2. n-400r-12e   Work in a Prison
  3. n-400r-12f   Gangs, Weapons, Child Soldiers
  4. B-4 Mix and Match Citizenship Interview
Civics
Intermediate Level U.S. History in the 1800s
The U.S. History in the 1800s lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 60, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76.









Integration

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Day (September 17)



uscitizenpod: The U.S. Constitution

A basic introduction to the Constitution for ESL/Citizenship students. This video is based upon a ppt that I made in 2005 and modified in 2008. 



ListenAndReadAlong is an AWESOME resource that produces videos that highlights words as they are heard from VOA news reports and features.
National Constitution Center: Constitution Day - Lesson Plans and Activities

si.edu: Preparing for The Oath

USCIS: 

USScourts: U.S. Courts: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Live Coverage (video)
Live coverage of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and Ellis Island in New York, NY, begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on 9/16. Watch new American citizens take the oath of allegiance at naturalization ceremonies.  Hint: This video is 1 hour 40 minutes.  It is very inspirational, but a bit too long for class.  Check out the US Courts' 40 seconds preview here.

VOA Learning English: What's So Important about Sept. 17?

Thanks for studying the U.S. Constitution--I know that you will be a great American citizen!

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

And the Pursuit of Happiness

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist’s idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics. (source: Amazon)

These chapters originally appeared in a NY Times monthly blog and have been collected into her book, And the Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness Blog: Maira Kalman 

An Inauguration At Last
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/the-inauguration-at-last/

In Love with A. Lincoln
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/in-love-with-a-lincoln/

So Moved
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/so-moved/

May It Please the Court
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/may-it-please-the-court/

At Ease
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/at-ease/

Time Wastes Too Fast
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/time-wastes-too-fast/

Can Do
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/can-do/

I Lift My Lamp Besides the Golden Door
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/i-lift-my-lamp-beside-the-golden-door/

For Goodness Sake
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/for-goodness-sake/

E Pluribus Unum
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/e-pluribus-unum/

Back to the Land
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/26/back-to-the-land/

By George
https://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/by-george/ 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Min Hui Liu Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview



uscitizenpod: Min Hui Liu Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview

Next week is Constitution and Citizenship Week during which students young and old study and sign the Constitution, affirming their commitment to uphold the principles and laws of the United States. USCIS and federal judges co-host special Oath Ceremonies in honor of the signing of Constitution on Sept 17, 1787.

Today we will listen to our second interview with Min Hui Liu, who passed her citizenship interview on Sept 11, and has been invited to take her Oath of Naturalization during one of these special events. First you will hear a short interview and civics questions, followed by a report-back from her interview, and her plans to help prepare her husband and coworkers for their citizenship interviews. Let's get started!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

News Words: Vulnerable



VOA Learning English: Vulnerable

The Trump administration’s new policy called for the arrest of migrants who came into the U.S. illegally. Families were separated during legal proceedings. Doctors say young children are the most vulnerable to health problems from family separations.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 07, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



9/11 stories
N-400
  • Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub (Work)
  • n-400r-12a   General Info
Civics
Integration
  • Lan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam): Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview Quiz 2015 pdf

Monday, September 10, 2018

Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)


L'shana tova tikatevu! 
Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Rosh Hashanah http://goo.gl/orhlZR

Also see:

HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) is an American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees.

HIAS was founded in response to the late 19th- and early 20th-century exodus of Jewish emigrants from Imperial Russia. Currently, HIAS works with people whose lives and freedom are believed to be at risk due to war, persecution, or violence. HIAS has offices in the United States and across Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Since its inception, HIAS has helped resettle more than 4.5 million people. (Source: Wikipedia)



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Can the Undocumented 'Earn' Citizenship?



The Atlantic: Can the Undocumented 'Earn' Citizenship?

“I'm here as an undocumented immigrant with no papers, no green card, no passport, and no legal documents, but I am still a citizen of this country,” says Jose Antonio Vargas in a new video filmed at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Vargas, an accomplished journalist whose work has garnered him a Pulitzer Prize, was smuggled into the U.S. at age 12 by his Filipino mother. Although he was raised by his grandparents, who were naturalized citizens, Vargas was never granted American citizenship. In a 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine, Vargas revealed his status as undocumented. Ever since, he has been a vocal advocate for pathways to citizenship, such as the DREAM Act.

“There's no process for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants like me to get legal,” Vargas says in the video. He goes on to explain why the concept of “earning” citizenship is problematic.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 06, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



N-400
Civics
Integration
  • A Quick Interview for US Constitution and Citizenship Day 2014 based on the new N-400r pdf

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David Part 2



uscitizenpod: U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David Part 2



Before we begin, we would like to note that the Senate is discussing the nomination for the next Supreme Court justice. Please follow the debate and vote on VOANews.com. You can also use the Countable app to contact your Senators and make your opinion known about this issue and other upcoming legislation.

Today we will listen to our second interview with Officer David. You can download the Basic Citizenship Interview at uscitizenpod.com and practice with a classmate, friend, or family member.

A Basic Citizenship Interview based on the USCIS Revised N-400 (2pgs, 38 qs)


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LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast:

US Citizenship Podcast Show website https://uscitizenpod.libsyn.com/

US Citizenship Podcast Daily blog: https://www.uscitizenpod.com/

Our videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/uscitizenpod

Order "US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview" by Jennifer Gagliardi from Amazon.com or ESLPublishing.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 05, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School


N-400
Civics
Integration
  • Nithya Deepak: Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs for Independence pdf

Homework

VOANews: America's Birthplace: Independence National Historical Park (read and listen to the story)





Benjamin Franklin
The Establishing Independence lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 8, 9, 61, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, and 99.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Childrens Citizenship Ceremony



sandiegoda: Childrens Citizenship Ceremony

District Attorney Summer Stephan joined other local leaders as a guest in a very special citizenship ceremony on Friday: The Children's Citizenship Ceremony, in which young immigrants from over 20 countries were sworn in as new US Citizens. Congratulations!

Learn more about the DA’s Office on http://danewscenter.com/

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Immigrants Thrive at Minnesota Farming Co-Op



VOANews: Immigrants Thrive at Minnesota Farming Co-Op

In Minnesota, Hmong farmers have banded together to make a better living. Originally from China, the Hmong are an Asian ethnic group that migrated to Vietnam and Laos in the 18th century. But they have never had a country of their own. After the Vietnam War ended, many resettled in the U.S. and now, decades later, Hmong farmers are at the center of a local foods economy in Minnesota. VOA’s June Soh has more in this report narrated by Carol Pearson.

Friday, August 31, 2018

WaPo: US passports denied along Texas border



CNN: WaPo: US passports denied along Texas border

A growing number of Hispanics along the Texas-Mexico border with birth records showing they were born in the United States are being denied American passports, held in immigration detention centers, and entered into deportation proceedings, immigration attorneys and individuals affected told the Washington Post. CNN's Nick Valencia reports.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 04, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 4 of 5: Mini-Dialogues about Work

Jennifer and Jeane demonstrate two mini-dialogues from US Citizenship Bootcamp about Financial Support and Work of National Importance Under Civilian Directions by using examples from She Built Ships During WWII.

US Citizenship Bootcamp and She Built Ships During WWII are available from Amazon.com and ESLPublishing.com

This class, we are discussing WORK in preparation for LABOR DAY

N-400 
Civics


Intergration
  • Citizenship Interview with Juah Sarwee  plus 10qs about US Geography and Symbols pdf  

Early America - Intermediate Level
The Early America lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 10, 58, 59, and 87.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Coloring Book for Migrant Children Representing Themselves | NYT - Opinion



NYTimes: A Coloring Book for Migrant Children Representing Themselves | NYT - Opinion

The U.S. government expects children, as young as 18 months and unable to speak, to represent themselves in immigration court to fight against their deportation. Lawyers in Miami made a coloring book to help kids understand what they’re facing.

Read the story here: https://nyti.ms/2MPoigC

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 03, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



geobeats: 10 Mind-Blowing Geographical Facts About The US

N-400
Civics
Integration
  • Beginning Citizenship Class 1 Quiz (in development)

Intermediate U.S. Geography Lesson
The U.S. Geography lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 44, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, and 94.








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Monday, August 27, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David



uscitizenpod: U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David



Before we begin, we would like to mark the passing of Senator John McCain. in the democratic strongholds of San Jose and Milpitas, this Republican senator is held in high esteem as a warrior who pursued peace out of his deep respect for the Vietnamese people. His wisdom will be deeply missed.

Because it is the beginning of the school, we will listen to an easy Citizenship Interview of 15 questions based on the N- 400 Application for Naturalization plus geography and civics questions ending with the number one. Let's get started!

Office David referred to the following script:

Elementary Interview based on the Revised N-400 (21qs) (updated 04/18/2016)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

US Senator John McCain, Statesman and War Hero, Dies



uscitizenpod: US Senator John McCain, Statesman and War Hero, Dies

Best known for having survived as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, John Sidney McCain remained an ardent and unapologetic believer in American exceptionalism. Michael Bowman has more.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 02, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



N-400
Civics
Integration
  • Beginning Citizenship Class 1 Quiz (in development)

Homework

Intermediate Level American Symbols and Celebrations Lesson
The American Symbols and Celebrations lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 52, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 100.


Integration






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