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 

  • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Current and Former Armed Forces Members (8 pgs)
  • 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

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

  • 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)
      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?


      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

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

      • A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) 
      • 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: (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 (, 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

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


      Monday, April 19, 2021

      Updated U.S. Citizenship Preparation Resources

      • Updated 04/19/2021

      USCIS and Citizenship Quick Links 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)


      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!

      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. 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'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 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.


      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.

      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.

      Saturday, April 17, 2021

      Weekly Conversation with President Biden


      This conversation between President Biden and Caretaker Susie brings up so cares and concerns of the American people.  Through the California In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program, younger relatives receive medical training and a small wage to take care of their elders--work which normally be unpaid--thereby supporting family dignity.

      Practice talking about your job with this N-400 section script:
      1. n-400r-8       Work and School
      Here is a Pop Civics Quiz

      100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
      • Texas
      100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
      • Memorial Day
      • Labor Day
      USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
      • Secretary of Health and Human Services
      • Secretary of Labor
      USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?
      • Congress
      USCIS 100:33. Who signs bills to become laws?
      • the President

      Friday, April 16, 2021

      Emancipation Day in Washington DC

      Washington D.C. will mark Emancipation Day on Friday, April 16, commemorating an 1862 act signed by Abraham Lincoln which abolished slavery in the District, freeing over 3,000 people eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about Emancipation Day

      USCIS 100:73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
      • the Civil War
      • the War between the States

      USCIS 100:73. 74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
      • slavery
      • economic reasons
      • states’ rights

      USCIS 100:73. 75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
      • freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
      • saved (or preserved) the Union
      • led the United States during the Civil War

      USCIS 100:73. 76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
      • freed the slaves
      • freed slaves in the Confederacy
      • freed slaves in the Confederate states
      • freed slaves in most Southern states
      Learn more
      updated 2023-04-01

      Thursday, April 15, 2021

      Income Tax Day

      Note: This year, Income Taxes are due April 18, 2023

      Income Tax Day
      Here are fifteen citizenship questions from the N-400 and the USCIS Civics Test about taxes and our economic system. Happy Income Tax Day!

      video | mp3 | pdf | Kahoot
      USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
      * April 15 

      Learn more:

      IRS: Tax Information and Responsibilities for New Immigrants to the United States

      Tuesday, April 13, 2021

      N-400 Part 12 Review

      uscitizenpod: N-400 Part 12 Review

      It's Spring Break--no class tonight.  Here is a new video about the N-400 Part 12!

      N-400 Part 12 Resources:

      Monday, April 12, 2021

      U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan

      A Citizenship Quiz for the Month of Ramadan

      • NEW: 2020 Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! playlist (50+ videos)
      • 2019 Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Juana Garcia  (Mexico) video
      • 2018 Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Josefina Rios (Mexico) mp3  video
      • 2018 Spring U.S. Citizenship Interview with Pari Akbari, Iran mp3 / video
      • Blessed Eid al-Adha! (video)
      • Interview with Samia Amed (Yemen) video / mp3
      • Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 1 (Teacher Nahil / Palestine) (video)
      • Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 2 (Kasim / Bangladesh) (video)
      • MST Saleha Khatun’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
      • New US Citizen Minire Karamanaga (Bosnia/Yugoslavia) (2010) video
      • New US Citizen Sardar Habibi (Afghanistan) (English) (video)
      • New US Citizen Sardar Habibi (Afghanistan) (Farsi) (video)
      • Practice! Practice! Practice! (video)
      • Tasleem's First Practice Interview (Pakistan) video
      • Tasleem's Second Practice Interview (Pakistan) video
      • 2015 USCIS 100 Remix Round 1 Twos with Tasleem (Pakistan)  video
      • Tasleem Khaldoon talks about her Citizenship Interview (Pakistan) video

      Interview Podcasts 
      • 2018 Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Josefina Rios (Mexico) mp3  video
      • 2018 Spring U.S. Citizenship Interview with Pari Akbari, Iran mp3 / video
      • 2016 Spring Citizenship Interview with Ali Akbari (Malyasia/Iran) (2016) mp3
      • An "Everyday" Citizenship Interview with Munni Thakkar (Mumbai, India) (2016) mp3
      • A Basic Citizenship Interview with Pari Akibari (Esfahan, Iran) (2007) (mp3)
      • Interview with Samia Amed (Yemen) video / mp3

      Quizzes (pdf)
      • A Citizenship Quiz for the Month of Ramadan pdf  mp3  video
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Esam Omeish (Liberia) pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Hushang Ansary (Iran) pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Louay Safi pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Mohamed Awad Elhassan pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Nimco Ahmed (Libya) pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Rend al-Rahim (Iraq) pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Safa Aldabyani (Yemen) pdf

        VOA News (There are so many videos and articles--please search for more)

        • CLINIC: 100 Civics Questions in Farsi
        • ACLU: Immigrants' Rights: What To Do If Stopped (IN FARSI) (video)
        • ACLU: What To Do When Faced With Anti-Muslim Discrimination (in Farsi) (video)
        • CA DMV: California Driver Handbook (pdf)
        • John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm): Naturalization for Iranians (Farsi/Persian) سیتیزنشیپ وتابعیت امریکا برای ایرانیان (video)
        • MedicinePlus: Health Information in Farsi (فارسی) (web page)
        • SSA: Social Security Resources in Farsi (web page)
        • uscitizenpod: Citizenship Resources for Nowruz 2018 (blog post)
        • VOA Farsi
        For more resources, go to
        Check back for more resources!