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