Lesson Plans and Activities

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 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.

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Beginning Level

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.

Beginning Level Equality and Freedom Lesson Plan

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

Intermediate Level

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.

Susan B. Anthony

The Equality and Freedom lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 6, 48, 60, 74, 77, 84, and 85.

U.S. History Since 1900

The U.S. History Since 1900 lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 11, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, and 86.