Saturday, July 24, 2021

Everyday Grammar: Making Sense of Demonyms - Country Nouns


  • USCIS 100:8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  • USCIS 100:59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
  • USCIS 100:60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
  • USCIS 100:61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
  • USCIS 100:72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
  • USCIS 100:78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
  • USCIS 100:81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
  • USCIS 100:87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
  • USCIS 100:91. Name one U.S. territory.
  • USCIS 100:92. Name one state that borders Canada.
  • 93. USCIS 100:Name one state that borders Mexico.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Celebrating the Tokyo Olympics


The Olympic and Paralympic Games bring the world together in sport and remind us of our shared humanity. We join our nation in wishing #TeamUSA the best of luck as they compete in the #TokyoOlympics. #SportsDiplomacy

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Promoting Naturalization

On July 2, 2021, USCIS released a new report: A Quick Review of the USCIS Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization. Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Teacher Jennifer Gagliardi do a quick review of the plan and look forward to it's implementation.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Summer Citizenship Lesson 14


uscitizenpod: A "Typical" Interview

Topic: US Citizenship Class with Teacher Jennifer, US Citizenship Podcast


  • US Constitution Quick Quiz (picture vocabulary) pdf
  • USCIS: The Executive Branch beginning
  • USCIS: The Executive Branch intermediate
  • The Presidency videos

Monday, July 19, 2021

Summer Citizenship Lesson 13


Topic: US Citizenship Class with Teacher Jennifer, US Citizenship Podcast


  • USCIS: Your Government and You beginning 
  • Government Basics videos
  • Typical Interview Quiz
  • California State pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Tasanee Rungteranoon pdf 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

2021 Naturalization Ceremony at the Seattle Center


Seattle Center hosts the 36th Annual Naturalization Ceremony, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 2nd, and invites the public to observe livestream as The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, Chief U.S. District Judge, swears in 60 candidates as new citizens of the United States of America. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services District 41 Director Anne Corsano will present the candidates at this event which reaffirms the meaning of United States citizenship. It is an important day for the new citizens, who come from diverse cultures across the globe, to make the United States–and Seattle–their new home. Seattle Center will also be re-broadcasting the livestream on July 4th at 12 p.m.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Little Sister of Statue of Liberty Makes Way to US From Paris


The miniature copy of the Statue of Liberty has reached its destination in Washington, DC.
The statue commemorates the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. It was given to the United States by the people of France in 1886, to represent the friendship between the two countries established during the American Revolution.

Also watch:

  • 8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  • 9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
  • 61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
  • 62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  • 63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  • 94. What is the capital of the United States?*
  • 95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
  • 99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Biden Urges Passing of Voting Rights Law but Offers No Strategy


  • American Women who Fought for the Right to Vote pdf
  • Yésica Sánchez: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about Voting and Elections pdf

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Summer Citizenship Lesson 12


Topic: US Citizenship Class with Teacher Jennifer, US Citizenship Podcast


  • A "Common" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (53qs, 2pgs) 
  • I-6 Interview Quiz
  • American Women who Fought for the Right to Vote pdf
  • Citizenship Interview with Krestos Negasi pdf 
Extra Credit
  • US Citizenship Resources for Black History Month 2021 post
  • US Citizenship Resources for Women's History Month 2021 post
  • What is 'Critical Race Theory'? post

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

A Pakistani American Becomes the First Muslim Federal Judge in the US


Senate confirmation of Zahid Quraishi as America’s first Muslim federal judge was celebrated by many Pakistani Americans

  • Mix-and-Match: USCIS 100:37-47 System of Gov’t: Judicial Branch, State Gov’t, Political Parties quiz
  • Mix-and-Match: Law, Government, and the Economy quiz
  • Women in the Judicial Branch pdf
  • Citizenship Quiz in Honor of India and Pakistan Independence Day pdf

  • Preparing the Oath: The Court videos

Monday, July 12, 2021

Summer Citizenship Lesson 11


Topic: US Citizenship Class with Teacher Jennifer, US Citizenship Podcast


  • B-6 Interview Quiz
  • Mix-and-Match Numbers Quiz
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Lê Thi Hiep pdf 
Extra Credit

Sunday, July 11, 2021

10 Things You Should Do after Your Oath Ceremony


So I just got out of my oath ceremony today! And here is the citizenship certificate! So I am officially a US citizen starting now! A little bit about the ceremony. It was unfortunate that due to Covid, the ceremony has to be concise - no speech, no special guest speakers - it has to be kept pretty simple. There were only 16 people in the room with me and we did the oath and they started passing out the citizenship certificates. Fast, simple and here I am! The whole process only took 15 minutes.  (read more in the video comments on YouTube)

Also watch these AbelTuan 84 videos:

Saturday, July 10, 2021

A Weekly Conversation: Susan Rice and Cecilia Rouse on the American Families Plan


Susan Rice, the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor, and Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, took some time out of their days to break down the American Families Plan – a key piece of the Build Back Better Agenda.

  1. n-400r-8       Work and School
  2. n-400r-11     Children
  • USCIS 100:11. What is the economic system in the United States?*
  • 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 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*
  • USCIS 100:33. 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 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

Friday, July 9, 2021

Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization

USCIS: Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization
July 2, 2021

Throughout our history, the United States has welcomed immigrants from all over the world who have helped shape and define our country. Granting citizenship to eligible lawful permanent residents is vital to our nation’s security, economic prosperity, and a future built on the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

In keeping with Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans (E.O. 14012), USCIS is chairing a Naturalization Working Group that includes the:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • U.S. Department of Defense;
  • U.S. Department of Education;
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
  • U.S. Department of Justice;
  • U.S. Department of Labor;
  • U.S. Department of State;
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and
  • U.S. Social Security Administration.

The Naturalization Working Group plans to implement a national strategy to promote naturalization. Read the full report (PDF, 3.77 MB). USCIS is committed to empowering immigrants to pursue citizenship and the rights and opportunities available to them as they embark on their journey.

USCIS has taken a number of steps to reduce barriers to naturalization in our nation's legal immigration system. Read the USCIS Naturalization Policies Fact Sheet (PDF, 972.45 KB) for more information.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

What is 'Critical Race Theory'?


African American legal scholars developed critical race theory, expressing the belief that racism is not simply individual acts of prejudice. They say it’s bigger than that; it’s embedded into the United States’ legal and social systems.  Read the full article. Learn more: VOA News: Race in America

  • Citizenship Interview with Krestos Negasi pdf 
Learn More
  • TED-Ed: Hidden Figures: Black History playlist
  • TED-ED: Government: Declassified playlist
  • uscitizenpod: The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Fredrick Douglass post
  • uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Resources for Black History Month 2021 post
  • uscitizenpod: Resources by country page
  • VOA News: Race in America

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Summer Citizenship Lesson 10


Topic: US Citizenship Class with Teacher Jennifer, US Citizenship Podcast


  • N400 Casual Interview quiz
  • Mix-and-Match Quiz: Dates
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Louay Safi pdf
Extra Credit

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Thao Anh N Tran: From Refugee to U.S. Foreign Service Officer


Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman: After the Vietnam War, Thao Anh Tran's father was imprisoned for his political beliefs. This #WorldRefugeeDay, we talked about how she chose a career as a diplomat at the State Department to represent American values—and help people like her father—around the world.


  • USCIS 100:78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
  • USCIS 100:83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
  • USCIS 100:53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
  • USCIS 100:58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
  • USCIS 100:09. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
  • USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
  • USCIS 100:35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
  • USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

Monday, July 5, 2021

Summer Citizenship Lesson 09


Topic: US Citizenship Class with Teacher Jennifer, US Citizenship Podcast

REVIEW NIGHT!   No lecture--just practice interviews!

N-400 Series C: 20 Questions

N-400 Series D: 25 Questions

Civics: USCIS 100 Remix Quizzes
  • "Ones" 01, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91
  • "Twos" 02, 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, 92
  • "Threes" 03, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93
  • "Fours" 04, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 64, 74, 84, 94
  • "Fives" 05, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85, 95
  • "Sixes" 06, 16, 26, 36, 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96
  • "Sevens" 07, 17, 27, 37, 47, 57, 67, 77, 87, 97
  • "Eights" 08.18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, 78, 88, 98
  • "Nines" 09, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, 99
  • "Tens" 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100

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.)

NPR: ‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’: Descendants Read Frederick Douglass' Speech 

The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms. In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" which asks all of us to consider America's long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Citizenship Resources for Independence Day


The administration is also launching a governmentwide effort aimed at encouraging millions of immigrants to apply to become US citizens.  Watch the full video here: President Biden Participates in a Naturalization Ceremony

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.  Includes Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence and Establishing Independence.

USCIS: Civics Questions Playlist 
USCIS helps you prepare for the civics test by posting a new playlist: 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!

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.

Jennifer ESL: 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.

This #IndependenceDay, we celebrate our democracy's progress toward a more equitable and prosperous society of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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.

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.

We will discuss the Declaration of Independence, the Compromise of 1850, and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass. 

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.

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.

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.

President Biden Participates in a Naturalization Ceremony to Welcome Citizens to Our Country Ahead of Independence Day

Today, Americans are #BackTogether – celebrating our country’s July 4th Independence Day and the progress we have made against the virus together.