Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Invention of Thanksgiving

  


Voice: Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) From the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian exhibition "Americans." 

USCIS 100:59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

USCIS 100:87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

USCIS 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.


Friday, November 27, 2020

Cuban American Mayorkas Brings Immigration Experience to DHS

VOANews: Cuban American Mayorkas Brings Immigration Experience to DHS                                                                       
Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban American and former Obama administration official, would be the first Latino, if confirmed by the Senate, to lead DHS, an agency created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. It is the third-largest federal agency in the nation. (read more)

Thursday, November 26, 2020

U.S. Citizenship Resources for Thanksgiving



uscitizenpod: Thanksgiving Citizenship Interview 2017 mp3 and video and pdf

US Citizenship Podcast

American English at State

EL Civics

ESL Library

VOA News and VOA Learning English

USCIS Thanksgiving Resources

Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 58, 59, and 87.

Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 58, 59, 64, 96, and 100.
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test item 100.

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


Check back for more resources (updated 11/26/2020)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What Is the US Transition Process?

 


 In the United States, transition is the process during which the president-elect prepares to take control of the administration. What's involved? VOA explains.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Citizenship Fall Class 29


uscitizenpod: Thanksgiving

Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 597 738 4168
Password: 226317

Direct Link to the Fall Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • Reading and Writing sentences video playlist
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 pdf

N-400
Civics
Integration
  • N-400 Typical Interview pdf
  • 10 USCIS Questions in honor of President John F. Kennedy mp3 and pdf
  • A US Citizenship Quiz about the History of Thanksgiving (2018) video / mp3 / pdf

Monday, November 23, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

City of Tulsa Hosts Drive-In Naturalization Ceremony

 
 

 Nearly 60 participants representing 24 countries were naturalized in Tulsa’s first outdoor, drive-in naturalization ceremony at the historic Admiral Twin Drive-In theater.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Hùng Đỗ nói về cuộc Phỏng vấn Quốc tịch Hoa Kỳ của mình

 


Hùng đã đi phỏng vấn tại Santa Ana, CA. Trước khi cuộc phỏng vấn bắt đầu, họ đã đưa cho anh ta một chiếc iPad. Nhân viên này sau đó đến một văn phòng khác, tháo khẩu trang và nói chuyện với Hùng qua iPad. Hùng đã có thể nhìn và nghe rõ người cán bộ. Ngoài ra Hùng cũng trả lời các câu hỏi bằng tiếng Việt trong một video riêng.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Hung Do talks about his U.S. Citizenship Interview

  


Hung went to his interview in Santa Ana, CA. Before the interview began, they gave him an iPad. The officer then went to another office, took off his mask, and talked to Hung via the iPad. Hung was able to see and hear the officer clearly. Also Hung answered questions in Vietnamese in a separate video.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Citizenship Fall Class 28


Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 597 738 4168
Password: 226317

Direct Link to the Fall Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • Reading and Writing sentences video playlist
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 pdf

N-400
Civics
Integration
  • A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10 qs in honor of Thanksgiving 2015 pdf and mp3

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

What Is a Concession Speech?

 VOANew: What Is a Concession Speech? 

This is the type of speech no politician wants to give after an election. In U.S. politics, it is customary for the loser to give a concession speech. VOA explains the American tradition.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Citizenship Fall Class 27

VOA Learning English: Linh's Common Interview

Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 597 738 4168
Password: 226317

Direct Link to the Fall Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • Reading and Writing sentences video playlist
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 pdf

N-400
  • A "Common" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (53qs, 2pgs) pdf
Civics
Integration
  • Citizenship Interview with Juah Sarwee  plus 10qs about US Geography and Symbols pdf 

Monday, November 16, 2020

What Is a Peaceful Transfer of Power?

 

VOANews: What Is a Peaceful Transfer of Power? 

It hasn't always been easy, but it is a hallmark of American democracy. The peaceful transfer of power refers to the process during which control of the executive branch of the U.S. government is exchanged. What's involved?

Sunday, November 15, 2020

New York State's first drive-in Naturalization Ceremony

  

SchenectadyCounty: September 25, 2020 Naturalization Ceremony 

New York State's first drive-in Naturalization Ceremony took place at Schenectady County Community College on Friday, September 25, 2020. The Honorable Judge Mark Powers presided over the ceremony, which is an official session of the New York State Supreme Court. County Clerk Cara M. Ackerley administered the Oath of Allegiance to 43 applicants.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

NEW USCIS 128 Civics Questions and Answers (2020 version)

 


USCIS has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. All applicants for naturalization with a filing date on or after Dec. 1, 2020, will be required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page. Applicants for naturalization with a filing date before Dec. 1, 2020, are required to take the 2008 version of the civics test.
With the 2020 version of the civics test, the USCIS officer will ask you to answer 20 out of the 128 civics test questions. You must answer at least 12 questions correctly to pass the 2020 version of the civics test. All questions on the test are asked orally.
There are no changes to the English portion of the naturalization civics test. You must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Electoral College, explained

 

VOX: The Electoral College, explained


Why some Americans’ votes count more than others. Watch more of our election coverage: http://vox.com/ElectionVideos In the 2000 US presidential election, the Democratic candidate got half a million more votes than the Republican. The Democrat lost. Sixteen years later the same thing happened again. In the US, if you run for president, it does not actually matter how many people in the country vote for you. What matters instead is an arcane system for selecting America’s head of state called the Electoral College. The Electoral College is the reason the US has something called “swing states,” and it’s the reason those places get to decide the future of the country. It’s the reason presidential candidates almost never campaign in the country’s biggest cities. And more recently, it’s also the reason that Republican candidates have been able to eke out victories in the presidential election without actually getting the most votes. The Electoral College makes some Americans’ votes more powerful than others. In fact, that’s part of the reason we have it to begin with; in the country’s early years, the Electoral College helped give the votes of Southern Whites more weight than the votes of Northerners. The idea at its core, that certain votes simply matter more than others, is baked into the American tradition. In the 2020 election, it may decide the winner.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Citizenship Fall Class 26

VOA Learning English: Congress Explained

Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 597 738 4168
Password: 226317

Direct Link to the Fall Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • Reading and Writing sentences video playlist
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 pdf

N-400

  • An “Everyday” Citizenship Interview based on the USCIS N-400 (51qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)
Civics
  • USCIS: The Legislative Branch lesson plans (beginning)
  • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Congress 
  • Integration
    • B-7 class quiz pdf
    Extra Credit:

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    Citizenship Resources for Veterans Day



    A Citizenship Question in Honor of Veterans Day

    PODCAST: 
    A 21-Question "Salute" for Veterans Day based on the USCIS 100qs
    http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/vet-day-quiz.mp3

    This quiz is based on :
    •  A 21-Question “Salute” for Veterans Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs (PDF) pdf

    More Veterans Day Resources from uscitizenpod:
    • Veterans Day for Beginning Level ESL/Citizenship Students video
    • LearningChocolate.com U.S. Citizenship 12: Veterans Day activity
    • Veterans Day Quiz 2014 pdf
    • Veterans Day 2014 pptx google slides
    • Kahoot.it: A Veterans Day Kahoot! link
    • Veterans Day Salute 2012 video
    • Thank You Women Vets! 2012 video
    • N-400r-12j  Military Service pdf
    • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Current and Former Armed Forces Members (8 pgs) pdf
    • Anh Thi Vu Interview's for Presidents' Day 2016
      Twenty-seven questions based on the N-400r plus ten USCIS Questions in Honor of President's Day. Note Anh's military service in the ROTC and Army Reserves. mp3 (2016) and pdf (2015)

    More Resources

    Check out more Veterans Day Kahoots! at Lest We Forget: Remembering Our Veterans Around the World activity

    Also check one of the best ESL sites on the web: ELCivics.com: Veterans Day 

    One of my favorite ESL sites: ESLPod.com Blog: When They Moved Veterans Day (Then Moved It Back Again)


    VOA News

    VOANews Blog: Native Americans Fight to Save Language That Helped Win WWII
    During World War II, the U.S. military recruited Native American Navajo speakers and, together, they developed a code to send secret information past Japanese and German code-breakers. The code was never broken.

    VOA Learning English: America Celebrates Veterans Day (2017)
    November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. But because Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, Friday, November 10 is a federal holiday.  A “veteran” is anyone who has served in the armed forces. Veterans Day honors the living. A separate holiday, Memorial Day in May, honors those who died in military service. (Read more)

    VOANews: Lance P. Sijan Award Recalls Bravery of Vietnam War Air Force Pilot (2017)
    Since 1981, the U.S. Air Force has been presenting the Lance P. Sijan Award to individuals who demonstrate the highest qualities of leadership in the Air Force and in their lives. It is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Air Force. It's name honors the bravery  of an Air Force pilot who was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War -- Lance P. Sijan. VOA's Nikoleta Ilic has the story on this Veteran's Day holiday.

    VOANews: N.Y. Veterans Day Parade to Honor Two WWII Heroes
    Two distinguished Americans who made their mark both during and after World War II will be honored at Wednesday's Veterans Day parade in New York. This was the first time acclaimed TV writer Norman Lear, who was B-17 gunner during the war, and educator Roscoe Brown, a fighter pilot who was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, had met, but not the first time their lives had crossed. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
    Originally published at -http://www.voanews.com/media/video/new-york-veterans-day-parate-honor-two-world-war-two-heroes/3052053.html

    VOANews: Military Brides Get Free Wedding Gowns on Veterans Day
    On Veterans Day, the United States recognizes its military service members for the personal sacrifices they make to protect the country. And for several years now, some bridal salons have been thanking them in a tangible way -- by giving military brides free wedding gowns. On this Veterans Day, VOA's Adrianna Zhang went to one such salon in Virginia and came back with this report.
    Originally published at -http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3054450.html

    VOANews: US Army Recruits Immigrants, Rewards Them With Citizenship (2009)
    The U.S. Army is stepping up efforts to recruit more skilled soldiers by offering immigrants a fast track to U.S. citizenship if they enlist. The move comes as the Pentagon prepares to send several thousand more troops to Afghanistan and with the war in Iraq in its sixth year.

    VOA Learning English: Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Become a Force in Politics
    Soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasingly running for office and winning seats. They include four female veterans. Among them is Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

    And I stand here before you today because my buddies didn’t leave me behind. They literally lifted me up and carried me off the battlefield and saved my life. After everything they did to save me, I really feel that I owe them.”

    Videos:

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    Citizenship Fall Class 25

     


    Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
    For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

    Join Zoom Meeting
    ID: 597 738 4168
    Password: 226317

    Direct Link to the Fall Citizenship Zoom Class 

    Warm-up
    • read and write pdf
    • Reading and Writing sentences video playlist
    • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
    • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 pdf

    N-400

    Civics
    Integration
    • N-400 Casual Interview Quiz pdf
    • A 21-Question “Salute” for Veterans Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs pdf
    Extra Credit: