Friday, July 10, 2020

US Supreme Court Deems Half of Oklahoma a Native American Reservation

VOANews: US Supreme Court Deems Half of Oklahoma a Native American Reservation

Decision overturns a tribe member's rape conviction because the location where the crime was committed should have been considered outside the reach of state criminal law


USCIS 100:37. What does the judicial branch do?

USCIS 100:38. What is the highest court in the United States?

USCIS 100:39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

USCIS 100:40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

USCIS 100:41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

USCIS 100:42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? 

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

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

Also see: 

A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Native American Heritage Month Focus: Recent Native American History and Legislation pdf

Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month post

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Summer Citizenship Zoom Class 5

uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights (google slides)

Summer Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:00 pm PDT
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Direct Link to the Summer Citizenship Zoom Class 

Screenshots from the Summer Citizenship Zoom Class: 

  • 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
  • ListenAndReadAlong is an AWESOME resource that produces videos that highlights words as they are heard from VOA news reports and features.

    VOA Learning English: What Does the Bill of Rights Say?
    What Do the Amendments in the Bill of Rights Say?

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    Laid Off Diversity Visa Holders Struggle During Pandemic

    VOANews: Laid Off Diversity Visa Holders Struggle During Pandemic

    Under The Diversity Visa program tens of thousands of potential immigrants literally rely on the luck of the draw to get the opportunity to legally live and work in the US

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Summer Citizenship Zoom Class 4

    VOA Learning English: The Making of the Constitution



    • A Quick Interview for US Constitution and Citizenship Day (2011) pdf

    Extra Credit

      Monday, July 6, 2020

      Hit the Deck Running: 2020 Census, Civics, and Citizenship

      COABE 2020: Hit the Deck Running: 2020 Census, Civics, and Citizenship
      Jennifer Gagliardi
      google slides:

      05/06/2020 COABE webinar: Resources for Online Citizenship Classes
      Jennifer Gagliardi
      google slides:
      webinar recording:

      Sunday, July 5, 2020

      The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by 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.


      excerpt 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 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.)

      Saturday, July 4, 2020

      Citizenship Resources for Independence Day

      NEW for 2020!

      • VOANews: Why does the U.S. celebrate July 4th? video
      • VOANews: New US Citizens Sworn In at Los Angeles Drive Through video
      • uscitizenpod: What's happening with the USCIS Openings? Week 4 featuring N-400 Part 12 Definitions!

      .gov Resources for Independence Day 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 ( 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.

      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.

      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 -

      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.

      Friday, July 3, 2020

      Why does the U.S. celebrate July 4th?

      VOANews: Why does the U.S. celebrate July 4th?

      Americans all over the U.S. will celebrate Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, on Saturday this year.