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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Monday, November 19, 2018

What's New with USCIS? An Interview with USCIS Public Affairs Officer Arwen FitzGerald

We are back from our hiatus with an interview with USCIS Public Affairs Arwen FitzGerald. She talks about the latest developments from USCIS, particularly the MyUSCIS account which you can use to apply for citizenship online.

Download and listen:
Read the transcript:
Video with subtitles:

For more information, see

USCIS Home Page
Look for Emma, the USCIS digital assistant, in the upper right hand corner

myUSCIS Home Page
Sign in and create an account to apply for Citizenship online

USCIS Customer Contact Center (800) 375-5283
If you are in the United States or a U.S. territory, you can call the USCIS Contact Center. Dial 800-375-5283 (for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability: TTY 800-767-1833) to access automated information through an interactive menu 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also get live help from a USCIS representative Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern except on federal holidays.

USCIS on YouTube

USCIS Civics Questions Playlist

USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools App
Free download from the iTunes Apps or Google Play stores. (Look for the red and blue torch)

Follow @USCIS on FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter

Follow Arwen FitzGerald on Twitter @USCISmediaTX

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Veterans Day Naturalization Ceremony in Guam


It was a moment of great joy and celebration for 50 individuals who became U.S. Citizens during a special Veterans Day Naturalization Ceremony at the U.S. District Court of Guam in Hagatna Nov. 13. Each of the new citizens made a lifelong pledge to bear faith and allegiance to the constitution and laws of America.

USCIS: 53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
▪ give up loyalty to other countries
▪ defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
▪ obey the laws of the United States
▪ serve in the U.S. military (if needed)
▪ serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)
▪ be loyal to the United States

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

USCIS 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
▪ New Year’s Day
▪ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
▪ Presidents’ Day
▪ Memorial Day
▪ Independence Day
▪ Labor Day
▪ Columbus Day
▪ Veterans Day
▪ Thanksgiving
▪ Christmas

Saturday, November 17, 2018

With the Midterms Over, Both Parties Look to 2020

VOANews: With the Midterms Over, Both Parties Look to 2020

Even as vote-counting continues in a handful of races from this year's midterm U.S. elections, both major political parties are focused on the next challenge — the 2020 presidential contest. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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. Art Thrives Among Hunters, Fishers in Northernmost Alaska
  8. Becoming a Social Worker
  9. Drums of Community Beats for Native-American Grads
  10. Educators Try New Methods to Save American Indian Languages
  11. English Words Borrowed From the Americas
  12. For Native American Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors, Justice is Elusive
  13. Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today’s True Native Americans
  14. Google Honors First Native American Woman Engineer
  15. Lawmakers Propose New Ways to Help Native American Women
  16. Lost Birds: Displaced, Adopted Native Americans Look to Find Their Way Home
  17. Mapping the Missing: Cartographer Plots Disappeared Native Women
  18. Many Native Americans, Citing History, Angry Over Trump Immigration Policy
  19. Massachusetts Tribe Reclaims Language Not Spoken for Six Generations
  20. Mattaponi Tribe's Pow Wow a Time of Celebration & Giving Thanks
  21. Native American Journalists Debate Future of Media in Indian Country
  22. Native American Pow Wows Celebrate Patriotism, Unity
  23. Native American Rodeo: More Than Sport, It’s ‘A Way Out’
  24. Native American Tribe Battles to Keep Land
  25. Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
  26. Native Americans Call for Rethinking of Bering Strait Theory
  27. Native Americans No Closer to Learning Fates of Boarding School Ancestors
  28. Native Americans Say Law That Protects Children at Risk
  29. Native Americans Seek to Raise Awareness of their History
  30. Native Americans Work to Break Down Barriers to Voting
  31. Navajo Nation Marks 150th Anniversary of Bosque Redondo Treaty
  32. NEH Funds Native American Cultural Projects
  33. New Mexico Democrat Poised to Become First Native American Congresswoman
  34. New Exhibit Examines Native American Imagery in US Culture
  35. Rare Horse Breed Revived for Choctaw Nation
  36. Record Number of Native American Women to Run in 2018 Midterm Polls
  37. Report: US News Media Part of the Problem in Misunderstanding Native Americans
  38. Rise in Hate Crimes Alarms Native American Communities
  39. Separating Myth and Fact About Pocahontas
  40. Squanto: From Slave to Diplomat
  41. This is America: Visiting Sacred Grounds in National Park Monuments
  42. US Rules Descendants of Cherokees' Former Slaves Have Full Tribal Rights
  43. Utah Monument Fight Reflects National Debate
  44. Water, Stone and History in Navajo Land
  45. Whales Revered as Center of Alaska Inupiat Life
  46. Why Aren't More Native Americans Members of the US Congress?
  47. 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