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USCIS offers lesson plans with instructions and teaching strategies for novice and seasoned ESL instructors preparing students for U.S. citizenship. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test as well as language needed for the reading and writing portions of the English Test. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Please also visit themed resources for classroom use.

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Beginning Level

Your Government and You lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 41, 42, 43, 44, 49, 50, 53, 55, 56, 57, and 94.

The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 48, 50, 51, 54, and 66.

Fighting for Our Rights lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 6, 77, 84, 85, and 100.

Intermediate Level

The Early America lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 10, 58, 59, and 87.

The U.S. geography lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 44, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, and 94.

The American Symbols and Celebrations lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 52, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 100.

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