Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Citizenship Quizzes for Halloween, All Saints, and Day of the Dead

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Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2017 --coming soon!

Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2016 pdf and mp3

Citizenship Quiz for Halloween 2015 pdf and mp3 (fixed)

Citizenship Quiz for All Saints Day 2015 pdf and mp3

Citizenship Quiz for Day of the Dead 2015 pdf and mp3

U.S. Citizenship Class 21, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

uscitizenpod: I am the American Way!

  • Mix and Match Citizenship Interviews pdf
  • Voices of Freedom Activity Book (Part 12)

  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.5 Branches of Gov't Part 1
  • Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2017 (coming soon)
  • Citizenship Quiz for Halloween 2015 pdf 

    Monday, October 30, 2017

    What is a Grand Jury?

    VOA Learning English: Explainer: Grand Jury

    100:12 What is the “rule of law”?
    ▪ Everyone must follow the law.
    ▪ Leaders must obey the law.
    ▪ Government must obey the law.
    ▪ No one is above the law.

    USCIS 100: What does the judicial branch do?
    ▪ reviews laws
    ▪ explains laws
    ▪ resolves disputes (disagreements)
    ▪ decides if a law goes against the Constitution

    Watch more VOA Learning English Explainer Videos

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Children's Citizenship Ceremony!

    Minnesota Children's Museum: Children's Citizenship Ceremony!

    Today we welcomed 23 new Americans at a Children's Citizenship Ceremony!

    The ceremony recognized children who have obtained citizenship through their parents. Some were adopted by U.S. citizen parents while others derived citizenship when their immigrant parents naturalized as U.S. citizens.

    The children and youths range in age from 4 to 14 years old, and are originally from the following 12 countries: Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Somalia, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

    The Honorable David T. Schultz from the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota presided.

    Welcome new Americans!

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    I am the American Way!

    uscitizenpod: I am the American Way!

    Many children like to dress up as superheroes for Halloween. Their favorite, Superman, was a refugee who made America his home. Superman, like many immigrants, "fights for truth, justice and the American Way!" 

    • 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

    For more stories, WeAreTheAmericanWay.tumblr.com and IamAnImmigrant.com

    And uscitizenpod.com for more citizenship respurces for Halloween, Dias de los Muertos,and Veterans Day.

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Linda Chen's Second Citizenship Interview

    uscitizenpod: Linda Chen's Second Citizenship Interview

    Today we are going to listen to Linda Chen's Second Practice Citizenship Interview. This time we did not use a script; I simply reviewed her N-400 Application for Naturalization.
    mp3: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/2017-october.mp3

    Listen to her first interview here:

    A Casual Citizenship Interview with Mrs Chen (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

    After the interview, Mrs Chen and I talk about the Taiwanese language and the importance of passing on our language and heritage to our children. You can download pdfs of the interview and quiz at uscitizenpod.com

    A "Casual" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (40qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)

    USCIS 100 Remix Quiz: Twos" 02, 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, 92

    LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Could 2018 Be Politically "The Year of the Woman"

    VOANews: Could 2018 Be Politically "The Year of the Woman"

    Men outnumber women by 5 to 1 in the U.S. Congress. But now some are calling the 2018 election “The Year of the Woman,” as many women -- even those with no experience -- jump into political races. For some, this comes in reaction to the election of President Trump, which was protested by tens of thousands of American women. We set out to find a Democrat and a Republican who were inspired to run for the first time in their lives. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti reports.
    Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4083587.html

    VOANews: Online Resources Aid Female Candidates

    Only about 1 in 5 politicians in the US is female, even though women make up just over half of the US population. With many saying 2018 could be “The Year of the Woman” in American politics, new tools have become available for women running for office. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti shows us some high-tech and social media sites geared toward female candidates.
    Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4085204.html

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    U.S. Citizenship Class 19, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

    • Voices of Freedom Activity Book 
    • Oath of Allegiance Quiz from US Citizenship Bootcamp

    • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.4 Branches of Gov't Part 4

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    A Citizenship Question in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    uscitizenpod: A Citizenship Question in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    First Lady Betty Ford's openness about her Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment led to changes in health care for women and greater funding for Breast Cancer research. Many public and private groups have continued the work of Betty Ford by hosting health care events and raising money to stop Breast Cancer, especially during the month of October, which is now know as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Special Naturalization Ceremony at Glacier Point

    yosemitenationalpark: Special Naturalization Ceremony at Glacier Point

    Fifty people from 15 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens on September 19, 2017 at Glacier Point. This event marked the 10th naturalization ceremony conducted in Yosemite National Park under an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Homeland Security. Countries of origin included the United Kingdom, Australia, Bulgaria, Zambia, China, India, and Mexico.

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    CATESOL 2017: Teaching with YouTube

    CATESOL 2017: Teaching with YouTube (updated!)
    Jennifer Gagliardi, OTAN Trainer, Milpitas Adult Education
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Go where your students are. Learn how to set up your YouTube channel to deliver quality content to your students inside and outside of the classroom. Bring your own laptop, a Google email address, and leave with a YouTube channel that will help you meet (and exceed) your curriculum goals.

    This Presentation is available on https://goo.gl/BzuZcd

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    U.S. Citizenship Class 18, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

    Oath of Allegiance Quiz: match words and phrases with the correct picture OR
    Oath of Allegiance Quiz from US Citizenship Bootcamp

    • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.3 Intro to the Branches of Gov't

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Ai Weiwei Documentary Highlights Refugee Plight Around the World

    VOANews: Ai Weiwei Documentary Highlights Refugee Plight Around the World

    “Human Flow” by internationally acclaimed artist and activist Ai Weiwei, highlights the plight of refugees around the world. The Chinese dissident is not the first to make a documentary about the displaced, but his film captures the massive flow of humanity on our planet from on high, using drones. Ai filmed in 23 different countries in 40 different refugee camps people fleeing war, environmental crises and religious persecution. VOA’s Penelope Poulou spoke with the artist.
    Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4073533.html

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    U.S. Citizenship Class 17, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School


    • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss (Geography / Symbols)

    • Citizenship Interview with Juah Sarwee  plus 10qs about US Geography and Symbols pdf  

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    Soviet Refugees Plant American Roots in Former Russian Land

    VOANews: Soviet Refugees Plant American Roots in Former Russian Land

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Russia's sale of Alaska to the United States. Alaska is one of the biggest US states in land size and one of the least populous, with less than three-quarters of a million residents. Among them is a group of people whose story is a classic American tale of religion and refuge in a remote land. VOA's Natasha Mozgovaya (narrated by VOA's Martin Secrest) uncovers a group of Soviet refugees who have planted roots in what once was Russian territory.
    Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/soviet-refugees-plant-american-roots-in-former-russian-land/4070533.html

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Citizenship Question in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Part 4

    Excerpt from:
    Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 to Oct 15) Part 4 

    More Citizenship Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

    • http://bit.ly/hhm-citizenship-resources


    A CLASS APART: a Mexican American Civil Rights Story

    UNA CLASE APARTE: Un historia de los derechos civiles méxico-americanos

    The first major film to bring to life the heroic post-World War II struggles of Mexican Americans against the Jim Crow-style discrimination targeted against them, A Class Apart is built around the landmark 1951 legal case Hernandez v. Texas, in which an underdog band of Mexican Americans from Texas bring a case all the way to the Supreme Court - and win.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    U.S. Citizenship Class 16, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School


    • Introduction to Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss

    • Yésica Sánchez: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about Voting and Elections pdf

    Check back for updates!

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!

    Eleanor Roosevelt served as the First Lady the United States (1933 to 1945) and a United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly (1945 to 1952). Although Eleanor Roosevelt never ran for public office, she was a living embodiment of a citizen as an active participant in American democracy.

    Question 1: Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?

    ▪ Franklin Roosevelt

    Question 2: What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

    ▪ vote
    ▪ join a political party
    ▪ help with a campaign
    ▪ join a civic group
    ▪ join a community group
    ▪ give an elected official your opinion on an issue
    ▪ call Senators and Representatives
    ▪ publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
    ▪ run for office
    ▪ write to a newspaper

    Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt and the United Nations (2010)

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    U.S. Citizenship Class 15, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

    No, not Learning Chocolate, we will be taking CASAS.org Assessments

    Tonight, Citizenship students will take a CASAS test 

    Today we give 2 (or possibly 3) CASAS tests to our current Citizenship Students

    • The Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) is a one-on-one oral assessment that simulates the citizenship applicant's English-language interview with a USCIS examiner (This test will be given to students who have been in class for several months).
    • The Government and History for Citizenship tests reveal how much students know about American government and history. (All citizenship students will take this test)

    Life and Work Reading Sample Test  (All citizenship students will take this test)

    Use these sample test items to:
    • familiarize students with CASAS items
    • help reduce student test-taking anxiety
    These items are samples to familiarize students with CASAS test formats. Since they are not actual tests, they are not predictors of student performance, and are not valid for level placement, assessment, or for reporting standardized scores.
    Printable Version
    PowerPoint Version

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day Citizenship Resources 2017

    American English at State: Celebrate!




    US Citizenship Podcast 

    VOANews: Voice of America 

    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Italian-American Heritage Month

    Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Italian-American Heritage Month 

    Also check out:

    The four-part Ken Burns PBS documentary: The Italian Americans

    LOC: Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience
    • Linda Barrett Osborne and Paolo Battaglia discuss their new book comprising a visual history of the Italian American experience from the collections of the Library.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Sunnyhills Neighborhood Meeting with US Rep Ro Khanna's Senior Adviser Tarun Galagali


    8:18 At Sunnyhills United Methodist Church for a breakfast mtg abt with a rep from

    8:26 I am here abt the Sunnyhills housing project conversion to market-rate condos. we're talking abt my students homes

    8:35 We introducing ourselves to each other and the rep. Tarun Galagali (who is not introducing himself), It's an informal mtg.
    • CORRECTION: Tarun Galagali was introducing himself NOW. It was an informal neighborhood meeting.
    • Follow Tarun Galagali
    8:43 Sunnyhills mtg with rep is now open for qs: Q1 nuclear power subsidies (zero carbon) v. other renewable energy sources. Ro is open
    • CLARIFICATION: Ro is open to continued discussion about energy sources.
    Time 8:45 to 9:55

    Q1 follow-up. The difference between nuclear energy and nuclear power. To. Is is clear on the difference
    • CORRECTION: Ro "gets" the science difference between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.
    Q2 and Q3 abt . He is pro-tennant rights. budget cuts are subject to Congressional approval
    no specific answers abt Sunnyhills If we have very specific questions, email ro at
     is talking about Ro's actions on #Obamacare #AffordableCareAct. Response: formation of #NoPACTCaucus money for #bipartisanship. 
    rep touches on members support background checks v NRA policy because members acknowledge that some have mental health issues

    Ro's rep relates story on Ro's visit to GOP KY re: tech boot camp for former coal-workers. Ro always searches for .

    Ro's rep talks about reform, term limits, and
    • READ Ro's statements on Immigration https://khanna.house.gov/issues/immigration
    Ro's rep talks about middle class/lower class wage stagnation. Gains Act (?) EITC Expansion will help the Trump's "forgotten man"
    Ro's rep talks abt to get students to participate in civic activism
    EITC increased wages for the working poor/middle class v. Trump's tax breaks for upper tax breaks
    Ro's rep talks about / v. entrenched / corrupt Democtrats.
    public comment abt Example: cash for housing and driving up housing prices OR Water Quality.
    Comments abt cash purchases. Response: some immigrants have alt-financial sources. Don't blame immigrants, question the economy
    Companies come into other cities, but use Milpitas as leading to rising housing prices / infrastructure costs
    comments abt . issues. Immigrant expectations to out-compete but not to risk their
    We can agreeably disagree. Seek . Thanks Tarun at
    Thanks to the Sunnyhills Methodist Church / Sunnyhills Neighborhood Assoc president Allysson MacDonald for hosting rep

    Shout out to mtg attendees especially former mayoral candidates Carmen Montano & Voltaire Montemayor & the reporter
    residents: send SAVE SUNNYHILL APARTMENTS letters to the and the City Counselors http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/our-government/city-council/

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