Sunday, May 31, 2020

American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America



American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America
Podcast: https://goo.gl/6awpLF (corrected!)
Video: https://youtu.be/L69nzNVlTxY
PDF: https://goo.gl/gqNnJv





An American Pentecost:
We are American Indians, Native Alaskans, Europeans, Latinos, Africans, Arabs, Asians, Pacific Islanders-- yet all of us hear America speaking in our own languages about FREEDOM!

For more info about languages spoken in America:

Voting Rights Act Sect 203
Section 203 targets those language minorities that have suffered a history of exclusion from the political process: Spanish, Asian, Native American, and Alaskan Native. The Census Bureau identifies specific language groups for specific jurisdictions.
Section 203 says that jurisdictions (cities, counties, states) shall provide election materials in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in the English language.
Sources:


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Friday, May 29, 2020

U.S. Citizenship 55, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



USCIS: Oath of Allegiance - Constitution Week 2013

N-400
Civics
  • USCIS: Your Government and You - Beginning pdf ; Rights and Responsibilities pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Responsibilities lesson plan pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Responsibilities plus USCIS 100:53 (Income Taxes)
    • English transcript (check back later)
    • Spanish transcript (check back later)
Integration:
  • N-400r Part 12 Overview Quiz (27 questions) pdf
    Extra Credit:



    More Resources
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship 53, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



    American Philatelic Society: 5.27.20 APS Stamp Chat: Using Stamps for US Citizen Preparation with author, Jennifer Gagliardi

    APS member, Ms. Jennifer Gagliardi, joins Stamp Chat from San Jose, California. Gagliardi is an adult educator teaching US citizenship. Her unique pedagogy incorporates the use of stamps. Gagliardi is adroit in her synthesis of semiotics and enculturation. Join us for a fascinating point of view: transmitting culture and establishing meaning.

    Google Slides: Teaching U.S. Citizenship with Stamps

    New Playlist: Stamps, Coins, and U.S. Citizenship

    Teaching U.S. Citizenship with Stamps



    Teaching U.S. Citizenship with Stamps

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship 52, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School




    N-400
    Civics
    • USCIS: Your Government and You - Beginning pdf ; Rights and Responsibilities pdf
    • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Responsibilities lesson plan pdf
    • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Responsibilities plus USCIS 100:56 (Income Taxes)
      • English transcript (check back later)
      • Spanish transcript (check back later)
    Integration:
    Extra Credit:


    More Resources
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship 51, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



    uscitizenpod: The Selective Service / el Servicio Selectivo in English and Español (watch the full video below)

    N-400
    Civics
    • USCIS: Your Government and You - Beginning pdf ; Rights and Responsibilities pdf
    • USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion? (2011) mp3 / pdf
    • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Responsibilities lesson plan pdf
    • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Responsibilities plus USCIS 100:57 (Selective Service)
      • English transcript (check back later)
      • Spanish transcript (check back later)
    Integration:
    • Mix-and-Match Quiz 17: Military Service 
    • Mix-and-Match Quiz 18: To Protect and Serve 
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez pdf
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Anh Thi Vu pdf
    Extra Credit:
    • Learn English with EnglishClass101.com: Learn American Holidays - Memorial Day video 
    • VOANews: "Flags-In" Ceremony Held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Ahead of Memorial Day video
    • uscitizenpod: Military and Selective Service: An Interview from US Citizenship Bootcamp video
    • uscitizenpod: A 21-Question “Salute” for Memorial Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs
    More Resources
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day post
    • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post

    Sunday, May 24, 2020

    Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day



        Memorial Day Resources from uscitizenpod
        • 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

        Saturday, May 23, 2020

        Slow Down Videos for Easy Listening



        uscitizenpod: Slow Down Videos for Easy Listening

        Do you want to watch videos, but the people speak English too fast?

        You can slow down the video!

        Look at the bottom right corner on a video screen

        You see the things:

        1. A frame to make the video bigger
        2. A box to play the video in a wider window (theater mode)
        3. A box to play the video in a small window (mini-player)
        3. Settings icon (gear/wheel)
        4. CC: Closed Captions (subtitles)

        Click the SETTINGS icon (gear/wheel)

        You see a black box with 5 things:
        1. Autoplay
        2. Annotations
        3. Playback speed
        4. Subtitles
        5. Quality

        Click PLAYBACK SPEED
        Chose .75 (slow), .50 (slower), .25 (very slow)

        Watch the video on a slow speed, and then watch it again on a faster speed.

        Don't forget to chance the Playback speed back to NORMAL when you are finish.

        Thanks for practicing English listening!

        The example video is from

        • TED-ED: The fight for the right to vote in the United States - Nicki Beaman Griffin 

        This video was made with Screencastify.

        Friday, May 22, 2020

        U.S. Citizenship 50, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



        VOA Learning English: US Supreme Court: Roe v Wade

        N-400
        • N-400r Part 12 Overview pptx via Google Slides (Google slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
        • N-400r Part 12 Overview Vocabulary (pdf of Google Slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
        • n-400r-15e    Preparer's Signature
        • n-400r-15s    Preparer's Signature (delayed due to video project)
          Civics
          • USCIS: Bill of Rights Beginning pdf ; Early America Intermediate pdf;  The Constitution pdf
          • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Rights lesson plan pdf
          • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Rights plus USCIS 100:51 (rights for everyone)
            • English transcript (check back later today)
            • Spanish transcript (check back later today)
          Integration:
          • Maria Teresa Garcia: 27 N-400 and 27 USCIS 100 Qs for US Constitution & Citizenship Day (2011) pdf
          Extra Credit:
          • VOA Learning English: Roe v. Wade Aimed to Settle Dispute About Abortion. It Didn't. article, video, and mp3
          • VOA Learning English: The Supreme Court series
          More Resources
          • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
          • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day post
          • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post
          • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan post
          • Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! video playlist

          Thursday, May 21, 2020

          U.S. Citizenship 49, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



          VOA Learning English: US Supreme Court: New York Times v. Sullivan

          N-400
          • N-400r Part 12 Overview pptx via Google Slides (Google slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
          • N-400r Part 12 Overview Vocabulary (pdf of Google Slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
          • n-400r-14e    Interpreter's Signature
          • n-400r-14s    Interpreter's Signature (delayed due to video project)
            Civics
            • USCIS: Bill of Rights Beginning pdf ; Early America Intermediate pdf;  The Constitution pdf
            • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Rights lesson plan pdf
            • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Rights plus USCIS 100:6 (First Amendment rights)
              • English transcript (check back later today)
              • Spanish transcript (check back later today)
            Integration:
            • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)
            Extra Credit:
            More Resources
            • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
            • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day post
            • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post
            • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan post
            • Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! video playlist

            Wednesday, May 20, 2020

            U.S. Citizenship 48, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



            VOA Learning English: US Supreme Court: Obergefell v Hodges

            N-400
            • N-400r Part 12 Overview pptx via Google Slides (Google slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
            • N-400r Part 12 Overview Vocabulary (pdf of Google Slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
            • n-400r-13e    Applicant's Signature
            • n-400r-13s    Applicant's Signature (delayed due to video project)
              Civics
              • USCIS: Bill of Rights Beginning pdf ; Early America Intermediate pdf;  The Constitution pdf
              • USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion? (2011) mp3 / pdf
              • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Rights lesson plan pdf
              • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Rights plus USCIS 100:9 (Declaration of Independence rights)
                • English transcript (check back later today)
                • Spanish transcript (check back later today)
              Integration:
              • Nithya Deepak: Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs for Independence Day pdf
              Extra Credit:
              • VOA Learning English: US Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in 2015 article, video, and mp3
              • VOA Learning English: The Supreme Court series
              • uscitizenpod: Jan 16 is National Religious Freedom Day blog post
              More Resources
              • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
              • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post
              • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan post
              • Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! video playlist

              Tuesday, May 19, 2020

              U.S. Citizenship 47, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



              VOA Learning English: US Supreme Court Decision: Lemon v Kurtzman

              N-400
              Civics
              Integration:
              • Citizenship Interview with Danielle Marie-Madeleine de St Jorre pdf
              Extra Credit:
              • VOA Learning English: What 'Separation Between Church and State' Means article, video, and mp3
              • VOA Learning English: Letting Religion Into the Classroom, but Setting Limits video
              • VOA Learning English: The Supreme Court series
              • uscitizenpod: Jan 16 is National Religious Freedom Day blog post
              More Resources
              • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
              • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post
              • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan post
              • Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! video playlist

              Monday, May 18, 2020

              U.S. Citizenship 46, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School



              VOA Learning English: 8 US Supreme Court cases - Johnson v Texas

              N-400
              • N-400r Part 12 Overview pptx via Google Slides (Google slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
              • N-400r Part 12 Overview Vocabulary (pdf of Google Slides) (30 vocabulary words) 
              • n-400r-12je   Military Service
              • n-400r-12js    Military Service (delayed due to video project)
                Civics
                Integration:
                • N-400 Elementary Interview and Early America Civics Quiz pdf
                Extra Credit:
                More Resources
                • U.S. Citizenship Resources for May post
                • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post
                • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan post
                • Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! video playlist

                Sunday, May 17, 2020

                The Rise of the US Supreme Court



                The current Roberts Court justices (since October 2018):
                Front row (left to right): Stephen BreyerClarence Thomas, Chief Justice John RobertsRuth Bader Ginsburg, and Samuel Alito. Back row (left to right): Neil GorsuchSonia SotomayorElena Kagan, and Brett Kavanaugh.





                VOA Learning English: The Rise of the Supreme Court

                Each year, the court receives about 7,000 requests to consider cases. The judges – called justices – rule on only 100 or so. Their job is to strike down laws or actions that violate the U.S. Constitution. (read more)

                Words in This Story

                resort - n. something that you choose for help

                role - n. the part that someone has in a family, society, or other group

                symbol - n. an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality

                boundaries - n. unofficial rules about what should not be done : limits that define acceptable behavior

                outgoing
                - adj. leaving a particular position

                invalidate - v. to show or prove (something) to be false or incorrect

                column - n. a long post made of steel, stone, etc., that is used as a support in a building

                staircase
                - n. a set of stairs and its supporting structures

                dignity - n. the quality of being worthy of honor or respect