Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A U.S. Citizenship Quiz for Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. The date commemorates the Mexican Army's surprise victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the late 1980's, California schools and cities in California started to celebrate Cinco de Mayo as an expression of our state's Mexican-American heritage. However, some people confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexico's Independence Day.

Mexico's Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 and is similar to America's Independence Day on July 4th. Cinco de Mayo is closer to our Patriot's Day, which is celebrated in the New England states  during mid-April. Patriot's Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. For more that 100 years, the city of Boston has celebrated Patriot's Day by hosting the Boston Marathon, the world's largest marathon.

But let's get back to Cinco de Mayo. Today I have selected five topics to showcase Mexican-American heritage: The constitution and the Bill of rights. the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, The Judicial Branch, and Geography and Holidays. I will read the questions, and Mexican-American students from our ESL3 class will read the answers. 

Listen to the podcast, then download the pdf from our website, uscitizenpod.com, and take the quiz: 
  • Five for Cinco de Mayo pdf


Five more resources:
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez pdf
  • Lino habla de su entrevista de Ciudadanía video
  • Maria Isabel Covarrubas talks about her Citizenship Interview video
  • Mezclar y Combinar Entrevistas y Exámencitos de Ciudadanía pdf
  • Yésica Sánchez: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about Voting and Elections pdf

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Citizenship Spring Class 11


uscitizenpod: Who are my U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative?

NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

N-400
Civics

Integration
  • A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about the Branches of Gov’t Part 2 pdf
  • N-400 Part 12 Quiz 3 pdf (corrected)
  • Women in the Legislative Branch Quiz podcast / pdf 

Monday, May 3, 2021

U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month



Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

AsianPacificHeritage.gov: May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

American English @ State: Asian Pacific Heritage Month  (pdf)

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Vote 
APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. resources and voting rights videos

DOD: Steven Calvery - National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Steven Calvery, Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, reflects on his career, family and culture.  For more on the Department of Defense, visit: defense.gov

CCSF: Best, OK, and Worst Citizenship Interview Strategies
50+ videos of mock interviews and interview strategies.


janmdotorg: I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story (video)
Video produced by JANM's 2013 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Interns, and the Watase Media Arts Center, to promote the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "I Want The Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story," currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum. 

KQED: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month playlist
Asian Pacific Americans celebrate their heritage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

LOC: South Pacific Islands Archive
The South Pacific Islands Web Archive covers the following twenty islands/countries: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

LOC: Samoan Culture (video)

Rep. Aumua Amata, American Samoa's third Member of Congress and the first woman elected to the House American Samoa, discussed Samoan culture and history. Also generations of Samoan culture were illustrated by items found in a variety of Library

VOANews: Growing Asian-American Community Could Influence US Elections (video)
The growing number of Asian-American voters in the United States doesn’t necessarily translate into political clout in U.S. elections. Many who are eligible to vote sit on the sidelines. One organization wants to remove some barriers it says are in the way of getting Asian-Americans to vote. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.

USCIS

NPS.gov

A Brief Glimpse: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmark Theme Study -  This is the introductory essay of Finding a Path Forward: Asian American/Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study, which will be published in its entirety later in 2016.  
Asian Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Asian Heritage [PDF 196 KB] examines Asian cultural heritage found in the American built environment and its interpretation within NPS cultural resources programs.
Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders [PDF 2.1 MB]
This 18-page booklet examines the enduring and influential presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—from the earliest settlement of the country to the economic development of the West to the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century and political influence in the 21st. A core essay traces their impact on the American landscape, followed by the stories of seven signature places commemorating the legacy. A concluding section illustrates how this heritage is preserved today, transcending “bricks and mortar” preservation to include a celebration of collective experience.
Historic Preservation from the Ground Up: The Harada House [PDF 3.9 MB] uses a house in Riverside, California as a case study in how a community can participate in local preservation. The Harada House has become a landmark in the fight for Asian American civil rights. Despite its significance, the road to its preservation was a long and contentious one.
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    Updated 04-31-2021; Check back for updates!

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

    Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans

    updated 5/01/2021; check back for an updated recording



    Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans  mp3 | pdf

    I wrote this quiz for several reasons. First, to honor Central/Eastern European-American Heritage. Second, to showcase the diversity in the American Christian community. Third, to celebrate Easter.

    In the past, Western Christians and the Eastern Orthodox have been divided by religion, history, and politics, but as Americans, we are united as one people.

    I would also like to introduce, Branka and Tony, from Canada and the former Yugoslavia. Branka is a longtime colleague who currently leads the Sacramento Adult Education Consortium and just finished her term on the COABE board.  Last year she became a U.S. citizen in 2017.

    Quiz answers:
    1. Colonists came to America for freedom.
    2. Freedom of religion is that you can practice any religion or not practice a religion.
    3. America bought the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803.
    4. The two parts of the US Congress are the Senate and the House of Representatives
    5. Dianne Feinstein is one of the two US senators from the state of California.
    6. Joe Biden is the current President of the United States.
    7. Kamala Harris is the current Vice-President of the United States.
    8. Gavin Newsom is the current Governor of California.
    9. The two major political parties are Democratic and Republican parties.
    10. The President's Cabinet advises the President.
    11. Ro Khanna is the US Representative of San Jose/Milpitas, California.
    12. Two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy are join a civic group and join a community group.
    Also watch these videos from VOA News about Eastern Orthodox Christians:
    EXTRA CREDIT: Listen to a great interview with Vlade Divac!
    • StoryCorps: Vivek and Vlade: From New Arrivals To Kings
      • Former Sacramento Kings center and current general manager Vlade Divac is interviewed by his boss, majority owner Vivek Ranadive, in this StoryCorps segment. They talk a little basketball but mostly focus on their shared experience as immigrants.

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

    Friday, April 30, 2021

    US Trying to Stop Traffickers Taking Advantage of Would-be Migrants

     
     

    Crossing into the United States illegally is big business in Central and South America

    N-400 Practice:
    1. n-400r-12h   Crime
    2. n-400r-12i   Deportation
    Civics Practice:

        USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico

        USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.
        
        USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

        USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

        USCIS 100:33. Who signs bills to become laws?

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Citizenship Spring Class 10

     


    C-SPAN: President Biden Address to Congress (full speech with subtitles)

    Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
    Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

    N-400
    • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Current and Former Armed Forces Members (8 pgs)
    Civics
    Integration
    • Women in the Executive Branch mp3 / pdf 
    • Claudia Rios Castro: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about the Branches of Gov’t Part 1 pdf

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Citizenship Spring Class 09

     

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

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

    Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
    Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

    N-400
    • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Senior Citizens or Those Who Request Accommodations/Exemptions plus the USCIS 100qs for 65/20 Applicants (8 pgs)
      Civics
        Extra Credit:

        Monday, April 26, 2021

        Biden Set to Address Congress as He Marks His First 100 Days

         
         

        Polls show a slight majority of Americans approve of president’s performance, but support drops on the question of immigration

        POP QUIZ:

        USCIS 100:13. Name one branch or part of the government.*

        USCIS 100:15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

        USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

        USCIS 100:17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*

        USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*

        USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.

        USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

        USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President 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?

        Sunday, April 25, 2021

        US Citizenship Naturalization Oath Taking Ceremony during a pandemic in NYC

         
         

        I'm happy to share that finally my husband and I are newly sworn in US citizens and we're here to share how it's like to have your oath taking ceremony here in NYC amid Covid-19 pandemic.

        Saturday, April 24, 2021

        Push to Counter State-Level Voting Restrictions

         
         
         
        The US state of Georgia is at the center of a national debate over alleged voter suppression.

        POP QUIZ:

        USCIS 100:19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

        USCIS 100:22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

        USCIS 100:26. We elect a President for how many years?

        USCIS 100:27. In what month do we vote for President?*

        USCIS 100:45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*

        USCIS 100:48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

        USCIS 100:49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*

        USCIS 100:50. Name one right only for United States citizens.

        USCIS 100:54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?*

        USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

        EXTRA CREDIT:

        USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

        USCIS 100:64. There were 13 original states. Name three.

        Friday, April 23, 2021

        Remembering Walter Mondale’s ‘Good Fight’

        Walter Mondale--may Angels lead you to Paradise!
         
         
         

        Mondale, who characterized himself as 'an old liberal,' said he had no regrets about his career #WalterMondale

        POP QUIZ: Watch the video then answer the questions

        USCIS 100:12. What is the “rule of law”?

        USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*

        USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

        USCIS 100:30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

        USCIS 100:31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

        USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

        USCIS 100:45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*

        USCIS 100:78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*

        USCIS 100:84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

        USCIS 100:92. Name one state that borders Canada.

        Thursday, April 22, 2021

        Citizenship Spring Class 08

         

        uscitizenpod: Earth Day Quiz  |  pdf

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

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

        Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
        Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

        N-400
        • A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) 
        Civics
        Integration:
        • N-400 Part 12 Quiz 1 pdf
        • Earth Day pdf
        • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Louay Safi pdf

        Wednesday, April 21, 2021

        CCAE 2021 Best Practices in Citizenship Preparation

         

        California Adult Education Week and Legislative Day


        uscitizenpod: #AdultEducationMatters YouTube Playlist

        This video is a introduction to the playlist: Adult Education Matters, a series of videos that explores WHY Adult Education is important to individual students and the society at large.

        The next four videos in this series pair CA Legislative Day activities with USCIS questions. Download the quiz pdf: bit.ly/CCAE-citz (updated 2021). Subsequent videos include interview clips from administrators, teachers, and students.

        Adult Education Week is usually celebrated in the second week of April. On Monday and Tuesday, representatives from Adult Schools all over California will go to Sacramento to speak to their state legislators about funding for adult education. This includes money for ESL, Civics, Citizenship, GED, Corrections programs, plus Career Technical Education--all of which are very, very important in the state of California and the other states as well.

        Students and staff, friends and family can participate by writing letters of support to their state legislators or contact them via the CCAE mobile app. Simply tell them about WHY you love your school and how your school has CHANGED your life.

        If you want to learn more facts about Adult Education, go to Educate and Educate (educateandelevate.org), a collaboration between the Coalition on Adult Basic Education and National Council of State Directors of Adult Education.

        Use hashtags #AdultEducationMatters #AdultEd #MoveAheadWithAdultEd #SupportK12AdultEd in your social media posts.  Tell the world why you LOVE your school.

        #AdultEducationMatters: Investing in Adult students is investing America's future!

        Tuesday, April 20, 2021

        Citizenship Spring Class 07

         

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

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

        Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
        Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

        N-400
        Civics

        Monday, April 19, 2021

        Updated U.S. Citizenship Preparation Resources

        • Updated 04/19/2021

        USCIS and Citizenship Quick Links

        USCIS.gov: The Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security

        USCIS on YouTube

        USCIS on Social Media

        Preparing the Oath

        • A joint resource of the Smithsonian National American History Museum and the USCIS.  A collection of mini-videos, activities, and quizzes for each of the 100 question.  BEST! RESOURCE! EVER!

        DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review

        • List of Pro Bono (free or low cost) Immigration Legal Service Providers (click your state)


        ESL, CITIZENSHIP, CIVICS, and HISTORY RESOURCES  

        American English at State: Celebrate! Holidays in the USA
        This book discusses the ten federally-recognized holidays in the United States, as well as many celebratory days and heritage months. Download as an e-book or as individual PDF chapters.

        Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Vote 
        APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation.resources and voting rights videos

        Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
        Ben's Guide is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.  Check out the Master level Learning Adventures.

        Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship 
        Prepare for the citizenship.  Includes not only 100qs and spelling, but good N-400 vocabulary practice.  Great N-400 vocabulary and 100 Civics/History questions practice! For ESL, focus on the PERSONAL INFORMATION section for each level. 

        CASAS: EL Civics Conference 2020-21 playlist
        Videos from CASAS EL Civics "un-conference" about Civics and Citizenship.

        CCSF: Best, OK, and Worst Citizenship Interview Strategies
        50+ videos of mock interviews and interview strategies.

        The Center: Citizenship
        Several important publications: Citizenship Educator Orientation Packet, new glossary, training videos, and more.  A must for teachers!

        CitizenshipWorks 
        This website will help you to understand the naturalization process and prepare for the naturalization tests.  

        CLINIC: The Citizenship Toolkit
        Many free resources including downloadable Citizenship guide and translations of the Civics questions in more than 20 languages

        CLINIC: "Miguel's Naturalization Interview"
        Free downloadable graphic novel about a citizenship interview.

        CLINIC: Citizenship for Refugee Elders
        This handbook contains information on how to create and maintain a citizenship program for older refugee immigrants. Included in the book are issues of teaching this population and teaching ideas and materials.

        CUNY Citizenship Now! Exam Preparation Handbook
        Provides valuable information and tools to help prepare you for the citizenship test.

        ELCivics.com: Civics Lessons and EL Civics for ESL Students
        Learn Civics and ESL with pictures and easy words.

        Evangelicals for Social Action: As the Citizen Among Us: Loving the Immigrant as Ourselves
        ESA’s free small group study guide on immigration and civil rights

        Elizabeth Claire's Easy English News: US Constitution in Simple English
        A free digital download of the US Constitution with a side-by-side translation in Simple English.

        Great lessons for multiple literacy levels.  Besides their Section on the American Presidents, there are lessons about activists and events.  Subscription required!

        ESSA Group
        Great series of online Citizenship Prep videos.

        Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
        GCIR has assembled collections of immigrant- and refugee-related resources on the following subtopics: Children, Youth, and Families, Demographic Data, Economy, Education, Enforcement & Detention, Health, LGBT, Refugees, and Women.

        HIAS: Citizenship Prep Materials
        Study guides for the U.S. citizenship test are available in six languages: Arabic, Nepali, Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

        iAmerica
        iAmerica's Citizenship guide to make sure you qualify for U.S. citizenship, help you fill out your application properly, and include the right documentation in your packet to USCIS. Sign in to download the guide in English or Spanish

        I Am An Immigrant
        June 1st begins Immigrant Heritage Month 2017 and the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign is launching ‘I Stand With Immigrants’, a brand new year-long initiative that provides new avenues to take in support of immigrants.

        Informed Immigrant
        Many resources for DACA and undocumented immigrants in English and Spanish.  Check out their Know Your Rights Guides

        ILRC: Annotated N-400 and Translations in Spanish and Other Languages
        This is an outstanding collection translations of the N-400 by the The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and its partners.

        ILRC: RED CARDS: Know Your Rights
        The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their Constitutional rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Includes SP / CH / HM / AR / KR

        ImmigrantInfo.org
        ImmigrantInfo.org has maintains an in-depth, searchable database of current ESL and citizenship classes in Santa Clara County, CA.

        Jones Library Citizenship Resources
        Check out the Jones Library free, downloadable Citizenship Guide pdf and other resources.

        Julie Pittman: NEW 2016 Naturalization Practice Playlist 
        9 videos review the N-400 section by section. Updated June 25, 2016.  Great Job, Julie Pittman!

        Dr. Patricia Hernandez 100 & 128 Civic Questions Kahoots 

        Vocabulary activities for Beginning ESL students

        Lessons on American Presidents
        Ready-To-Print Handouts, MP3s & Online Quizzes about all 44 US Presidents by Sean Banville

        ListenandReadAlong: USCitizenship Test Material
        AS the announcer reads the USCIS M638: Study Booklet: Learn About the United States Quick Civics Lessons, the words are highlighted!

        As the VOA announcer reads the history lesson. the words are highlighted! 

        Videos of live English and Citizenship Lessons from the staff of Literacy Pittsburg.  Look for Teacher Nicole's Citizenship videos.  

        The Citizenship Kit provides teachers and volunteer tutors with all of the materials that necessary to help learners prepare for all portions of the citizenship interview, as well as activity ideas to challenge learners and keep them engaged as they study one-on-one with a tutor.  Sign in to get the Citizenship Kit, (a 70 page+ pdf).

        New Americans Campaign
        The New Americans Campaign is a diverse nonpartisan national network of respected immigration organizations that assists aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans.

        Great series of citizenship books.  Download "Ready for the Interview" free audio

        Rong-Chang: American Culture and Customs
        100+ Short stories and audio plus vocabulary, comprehension, cloze, and dictation exercises

        A non-profit organization that uses the power of the internet to help immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and the communities that welcome them build brighter futures for themselves and their families.  See their N-400 vocabulary list or join the online class.

        USA Learns
        USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English online.  Check out their Mobile Apps.

        US Citizenship Podcast 
        A daily blog of Citizenship resources and news with a special emphasis on N-400 practice.

        uscitizenpod on YouTube
        100+ videos from US Citizenship Podcast.  Students practice citizenship interviews and the 100 questions.

        The history of the United States. Includes sections for the US Constitution, Presidents, Congress, the Supreme court and More!  For separate articles, audio, and videos website with individual media files.  Also visit their YouTube channel and check the America's Presidents playlist.

        The latest info about U.S. immigration and more!  Also visit the VOA News You Tube channel.

        MORE CIVICS RESOURCES

        60-seconds Civics
        An outstanding daily podcast that deliver quality US civics and history content.  Check out their new quiz daily on their website.

        Google Cultural Institute: The White House
        Take a 360-degree virtual tour and explore the art and furnishings of the White House.

        History Channel: Ellis Island
        For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

        iCivics
        The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues.

        The National Archives: The Declaration of Independence
        Learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the Anglo-American Charters of Freedom.