Friday, July 13, 2018

Guam!



uscitizenpod: Guam!




Today we talk to Annie Marie Rivera Montes, who is a native of Guam and a teacher (retired) of the Chamorro culture. Guam is a territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost point (in terms of jurisdiction) and territory of the United States, along with Northern Mariana Islands. The inhabitants of Guam are called Guamanians, and they are American citizens by birth. Indigenous Guamanians are the Chamorros, who are related to other Austronesian natives to the west in the Philippines and Taiwan. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guam)

USCIS 100:91. Name one U.S. territory.
* Puerto Rico
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* American Samoa
* Northern Mariana Islands
* Guam

Learn more about Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the Chamorro at
Guampedia: Guam’s Online Encyclopedia
https://www.guampedia.com/

Although Guamanian serve in the military at a rate that is three times higher than the rest of the country, their vets' struggle to receive medical services
WATCH: America By the Numbers: Island of Warriors https://www.pbs.org/video/america-numbers-island-warriors

CONTACT: VA.gov or your U.S. congress members. Tell them that you support increased healthcare services for vets, especially those from Guam and the U.S. territories.

This interview was recorded in the Kaiser Vallejo Rehabilitation Center, where Annie Marie's husband and my father where recovering from their strokes. Unfortunately my father passed away the next day. PLEASE learn more about strokes at Stroke.org

Monday, July 9, 2018

My Father, Gene Gagliardi



Gene P. Gagliardi
July 11, 1935 to July 2, 2018
Trinidad, Colorado
Beloved husband of Elinor, Gene is survived by their children: Jennifer, Gene (Guadalupe), Geralie (Darin), Brian (Pam), Daryl (Cheryl), 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his siblings John, Roseanne, and Patsy, plus many nieces and nephews, most notably James and Sandy.
Gene was a high school All American Football player and two-sport Division I athlete at University of Illinois, where this Phi Kappa Theta brother met his Kappa Delta sweetheart, Elinor. Upon graduation, they married and he served as a naval officer on the USS Hancock. After the Navy, Gene taught Biology, PE, and Driver's Ed and coached Football along with multiple sports at Riordan, Serra, Piedmont Hills, St Mary's Moraga, Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, before retiring from Independence High School where pioneered the intramural program. As a man and as a mentor, his highest value was teamwork and his greatest success came when his students, players, and family succeeded. We all were inspired by his love and fidelity, integrity and piety.
He will be deeply missed.
Friends and family
are invited to the following:
Visitation: Darling-Fischer Garden Chapel, San Jose, Sunday July 8, 4-8pm
Funeral Mass: St Victor's Church, San Jose, Monday July 9, 10 am
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St Victor's Parish School, San Jose, CA

Podcast with my Dad: Election Results 2016
Ten civics questions (one extra credit questions) slightly modified which review the results of the November 8, 2016 General Election. Special Guest Star: my father, Gene Gagliardi.
mp3: https://goo.gl/G3jbKq
pdf: https://goo.gl/hnWXMV (download only)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

Historic High in US Acceptance of Christian Refugees




VOANews: Historic High in US Acceptance of Christian Refugees

United States government records show that nearly 68 percent of all refugees arriving in the country over the past nine months are Christian. That information comes from the U.S. State Department. The acceptance rate represents a 16-year high for Christian refugees. Yet some Christian activists are unhappy about the latest numbers. They note that the number of refugees accepted is much lower than that of recent years. (read more)

Words in This Story

church – n. a Christian religious center; a building where Christians meet for religious services

mobilization – n. coming together for action

console – v. to soothe

proportion – n. the correct measure of something

persecute – v. to treat someone cruelly or unfairly especially because of race or religious or political beliefs

preference – n. wanting something more than another thing

factor – n. something that influences or produces a result

Thursday, July 5, 2018

USCIS 100:99 July 4th, Slavery, and Fredrick Douglass



Happy Independence Day Week! Today we will listen to an old podcast from uscitizenpod: USCIS 100:99 July 4th, Slavery, and Fredrick Douglass

We will first read about Q99 from the USCIS M638 quick civics lesson. Then we will discuss the Declaration of Independence, the Compromise of 1850, and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass. Then we will listen to a short reading from Fredrick Douglass speech: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” Note that Negro was a common term for Black or African-Americans, but it is not often used today. Let's get started.

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exerpt from The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Fredrick Douglass

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim.

To him, your celebration is a sham;
your boasted liberty, an unholy license;
your national greatness, swelling vanity;
your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless;
your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence;
your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery;
your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings,
with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast,
fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages...





TimelessReader1: Meaning of July 4th for the Negro - Frederick Douglass Speech - Hear the Text

Listen to and read text from The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, written by abolitionist and former slave: Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass presented this speech on July 5, 1852 in Rochester, NY. This speech concludes with a poem, a peace prayer, written by William Lloyd Garrison

For more info:

See zinnedproject.org: Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom

Watch actor Danny Glover read abolitionist Frederick Douglass's "Fourth of July Speech, 1852" on October 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Part of a reading from Voices of a People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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.



SI.edu/USCIS: 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 (uscis.gov) 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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More Resources

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 - https://www.voanews.com/a/independence-day-holiday-children-take-oath-become-us-citizens/3923713.html

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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Food Truck Serves up Tacos to Unite Latinos And Muslims #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque



uscitizenpod: Food Truck Serves up Tacos to Unite Latinos And Muslims #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

Nothing brings people together more naturally and more easily than food. This was the idea behind a project called #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque. But the food truck owners who initiated the project don’t want to only serve delicious food – their goal is to unite Latinos and Muslims -- and fight the stereotypes and offensive rhetoric that often surround them. Genia Dulot has the story from Los Angeles.
Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4442756.html

#TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

What Options Does the U.S. Have on Immigration? | NYT News



NYTImes: What Options Does the U.S. Have on Immigration?

Our White House correspondent Michael D. Shear examines the polarizing political debate over immigration policies in the United States.

Monday, June 25, 2018

8 US Supreme Court cases - Miranda v Arizona




VOA Learning English: 8 US Supreme Court cases - Miranda v Arizona

If you have ever watched an American crime show, you know about this Supreme Court case. Listen to what the police officer says.

“You do have the right to remain silent. You also have the right to be represented by an attorney…”

Those rights – the rights not to speak and to have a lawyer – are known as Miranda rights.

Read more at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/arrested-us-miranda-v-arizona/4443758.html

See more important Supreme Court cases at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/979

Sunday, June 24, 2018

PRIDE



In honor of LGBT Pride Month, a single question about the Flag: Long May She Wave!

Take the full quiz:

LOVE AND PRIDE: A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of LGBT Pride Month (10 questions)
Text: uscitizenpod
Video: Lori Saltis

Saturday, June 23, 2018

An 'American at Heart' Becomes a Citizen





VOANews: An 'American at Heart' Becomes a Citizen


When Brazilian native Kelly Oliveira, signed up for the U.S. Army through a program that offered her citizenship for her service, she thought she had it made. But it took two years for the army to work through added background checks. During that time she struggled to remain legal. VOA's Aline Barros reports that Oliveira finally made it through the process and was sworn in as a citizen last week.

Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/american-at-heart-becomes-a-citizen-/4445085.html

Friday, June 22, 2018

CASASSI18 Tech Up You Citizenship Class

Teacher Jennifer's comment: Due to a family emergency, I must skip CASASS18. Here is the presentation. Please contact me at jgagliar@musd.org for any further questions. Thank you.




CASASSI18 Tech Up You Citizenship Class

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CASASSI18 CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation

Teacher Jennifer's comment: Due to a family emergency, I must skip CASASS18. Here is the presentation. Please contact me at jgagliar@musd.org for any further questions. Thank you.



CASASSI18 CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol video shows holding facility in McAllen, Texas





VOANews: U.S. Border Patrol video shows holding facility in McAllen, Texas



In recent weeks, news stories of children in detention centers have circulated more widely, and the numbers of detained children have grown.



Department of Homeland Security officials told reporters Friday that between April 19 and May 31 of this year, nearly 2,000 (1,995) children were separated from their parents or other adults with whom they were traveling.



A video released Monday by Customs and Border Protection shows what appears to be humane conditions at a shelter site for children, but this is the only video that has been released from within one of the detention centers.



Later Monday, the news outlet ProPublica released an audio recording that appears to capture the disturbing sound of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility.


Read more https://www.voanews.com/a/looking-for-truth-behind-separating-families-at-border/4444230.html

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Juneteenth



uscitzenpod: USCIS 100:76 Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth

Today we continue our exploration of the USCIS History and Government questions and African American History. Today we will talk about USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

We will first read about Q76 from the USCIS M638 quick civics lesson. Then we will listen to an interview with Robin Braxton who helps organizes our local Juneteenth festival. Robin will talk about Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth celebrates the day when slaves in Texas heard about the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is also a holiday that celebrates African American history and culture. Let's get started!



VOANews: Annual Juneteenth Festival Celebrated Around the World

The news that US President Abraham Lincoln had emancipated slaves in the rebellious southern states in September, 1862, did not reach slaves in Texas until June 19, 1865, a few months after the end of the US Civil war. With the arrival of federal troops that day, and the end of slavery, the newly freed African Americans held a big celebration, which they called Juneteenth. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually ever since... and not just in Texas.

NEW FOR 2017!!!



A Juneteenth Citizenship Quiz: 19 Civics Questions that Celebrate Freedom
podcast: https://goo.gl/BX6hej
quiz pdf https://goo.gl/HcJVQT

More Juneteenth ESL/Citizenship Resources:

Monday, June 18, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 6: News and Social Media



VOA News Literacy Lesson 6: News and Social Media

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-6-news-social-media/4396418.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in this story:

tyrant – n. a ruler who has complete power over a country and who is cruel and unfair

cruelty – n. a desire to cause others to suffer : the quality or state of being cruel

legitimate – adj. allowed according to rules or laws

erroneous – adj. not correct

manipulate – v. to deal with or control (someone or something) in a clever and usually unfair or selfish way

reputation – n. the common opinion that people have about someone or something

distress – n. suffering that affects the mind or body

lure – v. to cause or persuade (a person or an animal) to go somewhere or to do something by offering some pleasure or gain

gossip – n. information about the behavior and personal lives of other people

obligation – n. something that you must do because of a law, rule, promise, etc.

discrepancy – n. a difference especially between things that should be the same

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast



uscitizenpod: Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Who signs bills to become laws?

a) the President
a) the President Pro Tempore
b) the Speaker of the House
c) the Vice-President

Happy Father's Day!

#FamiliesBelongTogether

Saturday, June 16, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 5: Quality of News Reports



VOA News Literacy Lesson 5: Quality of News Reports

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-5-quality-of-news-reports/4396411.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Friday, June 15, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 4: Balance, Fairness



VOA News Literacy Lesson 4: Balance, Fairness

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-4-balance-fairness/4396401.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in this story:

abortion – n. a medical procedure used to end a pregnancy and cause the death of the fetus

verify – v. to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct

perpetuate – v. to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue

equivalency – n. a level of that is considered to be on the same level

Ethnic – adj. of or relating to races or large groups of people who have the same customs, religion, origin, etc.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 3: Establishing the Truth



VOA News Literacy Lesson 3: Establishing the Truth

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-3-establishing-the-truth/4388194.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/


Words in This Story

verification - n. to quickly take and hold (someone or something) with your hand or arms

literate - adj. one who can read, write and understand

consumer - n. one who uses or buys things

journey - n. a trip

multiple - adj. many, more than one or two

grab - v. to quickly take and hold (someone or something) with your hand or arms

emerge - v. to become known or apparent

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

VOA: News Literacy Lesson 2: Verification, Independence and Accountability

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



VOA: News Literacy Lesson 2: Verification, Independence and Accountability

This is the second part to a 6 part series.

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-literacy-lesson-2-verification-independence-accountability/4388049.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in This Story

legitimate - adj. real truthful

accountable – adj. take responsibility for

characteristic – n. a feature of something

accurate – adj. truthful, correct

forgeries – n. something that is created to falsely look real

Impartiality – n. without any interest, seeing both sides equally

myth – n. In our next lesson, we will look more closely at verification.

autism – n. a condition or disorder that begins in childhood and that causes problems in forming relationships and in communicating with other people

mislead – v. to purposely give a false idea to someone

obtain – v. to get, to have

error - n. a mistake, something incorrect

critique – n. a careful judgment about something’s quality

Monday, June 11, 2018

VOA News Literacy Lesson 1: Real News vs. Fake News

USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?



VOA: News Literacy Lesson 1: Real News vs. Fake News

This is the first part of a 6 part video.

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litearcy-lesson-1-real-news-vs-fake-news/4388008.html

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Words in This Story

type - n. standardized letters for printing

masses - n. large groups of people

bayonet - n. Knife at the end of a rifle

atrocity - n. a cruel and terrible act

device - n. an item, such as mobile phone or radio

reliable - adj. can be trusted to do the correct thing

divert - v. to change direction, or move one's attention

Sunday, June 10, 2018

VOA: News Literacy Introduction: News Through Time

USCIS 100: 6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*




VOA: News Literacy Introduction: News Through Time



This is the intro to a 6 part series.

Read the story and watch the video that were originally published at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/news-litaracy-introduction-news-through-time/4387984.html.

This lesson is based on the News Literacy course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

Vocabulary:

fake - adj. not true or real

accurate - adj. free from mistakes or errors

mislead - v. to cause someone to believe something that is not true

consumers - n. people who buy things

media - n. television, newspapers and other sources of information

reliable - adj. able to be trusted to do what is necessary



Thursday, June 7, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 35, Spring 2018, Milpitas Adult School


Celebrating the last day of school at BBH Noodle with Milpitas Adult School Citizenship Class. 
Join us June 26 7pm at Pho Nguyen for dinner and Citizenship Practice

Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 California Voter Bill of Rights



CA SOS: 2018 California Voter Bill of Rights

Before casting a ballot, know your rights! This short video walks you through your voting rights as a Californian.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Previewing California's June 5 primary races



CBS: Previewing California's June 5 primary races

California voters head to the polls on June 5th for a number of congressional primaries and the governor's race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown. While Democratic congressional candidates are looking to tie their GOP counterparts to President Trump, voters are also concerned with rising housing costs and increasing homelessness in the state. Los Angeles Times political writer Seema Mehta joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to preview the upcoming races.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mexican Lottery Visa



VOANews: Mexican Lottery Visa

We look at the struggles crab houses in Maryland are having trying to find temporary workers from Mexico ever since the guest worker visa program changed to a lottery system.

Reporter: Aline Barros, Camera: Adam Greenbaum: Adapted by: Martin Secrest

Friday, June 1, 2018

June is Immigrant Heritage Month



IHM: I Am An Immigrant

Immigrant Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to share the stories of our journeys and experiences and to celebrate the courage and sacrifice it took to get to this country.

Watch Bellamy Young, Angela Yee, Javier Munoz, Dean Obeidellah, Paola Mendoza, Matt McGorry, Ana VillafaƱe, Edgar Sotelo, Dawn Lyen Gardner, and Shannon Woodward share their ideas and celebrate immigrants!

For more: IAmAnImmigrant.com and check out IHM's YouTube Channel

Thursday, May 31, 2018

CLASS CANCELED


Sorry--no class this evening due to family health issues.  Next class is June 5 and the last class is June 7.  Thanks! --Teacher Jennifer 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Citizenship Interview with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan)





Citizenship Interview with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan) mp3 and video 

A short citizenship interview with "examiner" with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan), the Citizenship and GED/HiSET teacher from New Haven Adult School. After the interview, Teacher Osman reflects on being bi-lingual and bi-cultural in America.

This interview was recorded at the 2018 CCAEstate.org conference in Fresno,CA.

Read more about Teached Osman's journey from ESL student to ESL teacher https://adultedlearners.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=studentStory&sId=35

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Legal Program for Detained Immigrants Under Review



uscitizenpod: Legal Program for Detained Immigrants Under Review

The U.S. Justice Department is re-evaluating its program that educates undocumented immigrant detainees about their legal rights to determine its worth and cost effectiveness — both of which were demonstrated in a previous study. Almost 20 nonprofit organizations carry out the Legal Orientation Program in detention centers around the country. Bill Rodgers reports on the work of one of these groups, the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, or PIRC.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Twitter Moment

Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day



      Memorial Day Resources from uscitizenpod
      • Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day post
      • 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/

      More Memorial Day Resources
      Check back later for more resources

      Sunday, May 27, 2018

      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 bit.ly/2IPOTsS

      Saturday, May 26, 2018

      On Memorial Day, Military Monuments Have Special Meaning



      VOA News: On Memorial Day, Military Monuments Have Special Meaning

      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.


      Friday, May 25, 2018

      Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem)



      uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Josefina Rios (Mexico)

      In honor of Ramadan, my fellow teacher, Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem), asks questions based N-400 Application for Naturalization and requests further explanation for Part 12 vocabulary.

      You can also listen to the podcast here:



      You can follow along at:

      A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)
      pdf: http://goo.gl/Q5BhXk
      ppt: https://goo.gl/GUfiKY
      vocab pdf: https://goo.gl/PsDrG9

      N-400r Part 12 Overview pptx via Google Slides (30 vocabulary words) https://goo.gl/yWvD4Q

      N-400r Part 12 Overview Vocabulary (pdf of pptx) (30 vocabulary words) https://goo.gl/402lzB

      Introduction to the N-400r Part 12 Quiz (20 questions) http://goo.gl/0HdOVp

      N-400r Part 12 Overview Quiz (27 questions) http://goo.gl/3m3t7K

      N-400r Basic Interview Quiz Part 12 (20 vocabulary words) http://goo.gl/U0aGKQ

      After the interview, Teacher Nahil talks about how she prepares for and observes the month of Ramadan.

      This interview was recorded on the eve of Ramadan 2018.

      You can find more citizenship resources in English, Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu at http://bit.ly/citz4ramadan