Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Citizenship Spring Class 13

uscitizenpod: Van's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview--UPDATED!

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 Part 12 Quiz 2 pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Maria Guerrero (Palmira, Colombia) pdf
  • Flag Day with Pop Quiz pdf

Monday, May 10, 2021

Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration

state.gov: Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration

Vice President Harris says U.S. diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Mexico and Central America is a top priority. --------------- Under the leadership of the President and Secretary of State, the U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity. On behalf of the American people we promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service and U.S. Agency for International Development.


N-400 Practice:

Civics Quiz:

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

USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

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

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 100:29.33. Who signs bills to become laws?

USCIS 100:35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?

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

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

USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Updated 05-10-2021. Check back for more updates.
uscitizenpod: Three Citizenship Questions for Mother's Day (video)

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a peace activist who took care of wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. After the war, she hosted Mother's Day Friendship picnics for the women on both sides of the war.  She also created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

After Ann Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work that her mother had started.  Anna Jarvis started a petition to set aside one day every year to honor all mothers.  She said that a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world."

In 1908, Anna Jarvis sent a petition to Congress to make Mother's Day a national holiday. Although Congress rejected the petition, many states and cities adopted the idea.  In 1914, Woodrow Wilson  signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
  • civil rights
  • first amendment rights
  • states’ rights
  • women's rights

What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
  • join a camping group
  • join a civic group
  • join a comedy group
  • join a community group

Name two national U.S. holidays.
  • Memorial Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • Veterans Day

Source: Wikipedia
Image Source: USPS Mother of America Stamp

Friday, May 7, 2021

A Weekly Conversation: On The Line With Eldraen


Vice-President and Eldraen, a postal worker and National Guard,  talk about paid family leave and "human infrastructure."


  • USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
  • USCIS 100:53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Citizenship Spring Class 12

VOA Learning English: US Supreme Court Justices

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 Regular Quiz pdf
  • A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about the Branches of Gov’t Part 3 pdf 
  • Women in the Judicial Branch pdf
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Judicial Branch new video!

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 


  • 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.



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.

    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