Below you can click on student handouts that can be used to supplement citizenship textbooks which correspond to questions on the N-400 application form and the history and government questions.
These student handouts may be photocopied and used for non-profit educational purposes only. All question and answer handouts have the same format and can be used with the exercises outlined below.
Many citizenship teachers working in adult basic education have to deal with multi-level classes and ongoing enrollment. These exercises can be used to fit each individual student's needs regardless of when they join the class, so that a new student or a student who has studied in the class for some time can be working on the same handout. Depending on the language proficiency of your learners you may only cover material for half a handout or one whole handout during a one to two hour class.
- Begin each class with a 10-15 minute review of old worksheets. If it is your first class, begin with the basic information worksheet. Have students practice it orally, but don’t have them write in the information unless they can’t answer it without writing it down first.
- Read and discuss a unit or part of a unit from a book that corresponds to the information on one of the worksheets. Then have students practice reading the questions and answers on the worksheet as you model pronunciation. Check frequently to make sure students understand the meaning of questions.
- Have students practice in pair groups (mock interviews) reading questions and answers. Walk around helping students with pronunciation or determining what ideas are still unclear to learners and should be reviewed as a class.
- Ask students to fold the sheets so that they only see the questions. Have them practice the interview in pairs again. Tell them that they can look at the answers quickly if they get stuck.
- As students become more proficient have them cover up their worksheets completely and just listen to the questions (as opposed to reading them while being asked the questions), first in order (questions 1, 2, 3), then later in mixed order (questions 3, 5, 11).
- When a student has been taught all the worksheets they can alternate practice between the worksheets and the complete list of 100 questions (this provides a different order to the questions).