Supplemental Resource Links : (U.S. Citizenship)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
Learning tools address U.S. history, government, and citizenship, for K-12 students, but can be used for adult ESL. Links to curriculum on U.S. government websites, such as Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Mint, NASA, and National Park Service.
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)
Offers free online civics and citizenship lessons covering topics such as Foundations of Our Constitution. Subjects have lesson plans and links to other resources with access to current and archived editions of Bill of Rights in Action newsletter.
Colorado Dept. of Education, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, 2002
Includes EL/Civics competencies and teaching and assessment activities. Covers community services, consumer economics, employment and housing, health, and transportation/directions. Includes resources for each life skill. Activities by listening, speaking, reading/vocabulary, and writing skills.
Literacy Volunteers of America, Roanoke Valley
Lesson plans on Civics and Consumer Skills, Health, Employment, Technology, and Everyday English (including taxes, housing, utilities, family life, directions, and verb tenses) Includes classroom activities and assessment tools.
Colorado Adult Education and Family Literacy Independent Study Course
Helps adult educators understand the benefits of using textbooks for classroom or individual instruction, identify types and major components of ESL textbooks, identify criteria for choosing and evaluating learner-centered, effective ESL textbooks, and create program-specific criteria for choosing textbooks.
Museum collections highlighting U.S. history and government offer lesson plans, and inter-active activities adaptable for adult ESL. Educators and Kids Links offer topics on Civics Test, including U.S. presidents, First Ladies, U.S. flag/national anthem, Civil Rights movement, U.S. wars, and women’s suffrage.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE), Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), 2004
For family literacy instructors with adult learners and families in rural, urban, and faith- and community-based programs. Gives guidance on lesson planning and strategies, and offers sample lesson plans, activities, and needs assessments to help learners prepare for permanent residency and citizenship.
New York City Commission on Human Rights, New York Immigration Coalition, and Literacy Assistance Center of NYC
Includes two-part adult legal literacy curriculum for ESOL classes with student and teacher workbooks and companion DVD. Provides lesson plans and take home activities.
C. Reta and M. A. Lane, Bruggemeyer Memorial Library LAMP (Literacy for All of Monterey Park) Program and the Monterey Park, California Police Dept., 2002
Provides lesson plans for English learners with vocabulary, behaviors, and customs for interacting with police and handling emergency situations. Includes conversation practice, role-play, assessment, writing activities, and photos and graphics depicting scenarios, people, and documents encountered in emergency and legal situations. Targets high beginning/low intermediate learners, but can be adapted.
Features tips, lesson plans, and resources for ESL and EL/Civics instructors. Includes activities on migration and immigration, lives of immigrants, U.S. history, using the Internet to explore history.
CNN San Francisco, CBS 5-KPIX (CBS Broadcasting) and Western/Pacific LINCS, National Institute for Literacy
Interactive web-based instruction for adult learners using news stories with texts of each story, video clips or multimedia materials, and activities to assess comprehension and support learning activities. Covers business and economy, culture and society, education, health, environment, politics, and science and technology. Includes instructor guide.
Library of Congress
Helps high school educators use American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. Offers tips, definitions, rationale for using primary sources, hands-on activities discussion topics, lesson plans, suggestions for using the collections in curriculum, and professional development resources. Provides online access to100 collections of rare materials including photographs, audio recordings, and film clips. Adaptable for higher level adult ESL learners.
National Archives and Records Administration
Encourage discussion about rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy by presenting 100 milestone documents of American history from 1776 to 1965, including background. Provides Teacher Sourcebook, suggestions for introducing the milestones, and lesson plan ideas. Sourcebook guides how to use the website’s resources and highlights award-winning lessons. Lesson content geared to higher level learners.