Lesson Plans

USCIS offers lessons and N-400 topic exercises for ESL teachers preparing students for U.S. citizenship. Materials include: 

  • American History and Government, and Integrated Civics for the civics test
  • Vocabulary practice for the reading and writing tests
  • Topics for the speaking test covered on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and the interview 

Please also visit themed resources for classroom use and curriculum development and instructional materials. To supplement your lessons, download the Famous Americans (PDF, 1.15 MB) 8.5" x 11" portraits and flash cards and use our Interactive Practice Tests which provides listening activities. 

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Beginning Level Civics Lessons

Beginning Level Your Government and You Lesson Plan

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.

Beginning Level Bill of Rights and Other Amendments Lesson Plan

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.

Intermediate Level Civics Lessons

Woman voting

The Rights and Responsibilities lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 43, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, and 57.

N-400 Topic Exercises

A graphic image of a house.

The Addresses exercise covers the vocabulary words for this section on the N-400 application.

A graphic image of wedding rings.

The Marital Status and Spouses exercise covers the vocabulary words for this section on the N-400 application.

A graphic image of two parents with their child.

The Family - Children exercise covers the vocabulary words for this section on the N-400 application.

A graphic image of a calendar.

The Dates exercise covers the vocabulary words for this section on the N-400 application.