U.S. History and Civics

The study of good citizenship and proper membership in a community is called civics.  This includes learning about the government, laws, culture, and history of a country.  It is important that all citizens learn about both of their countries – the old and the new.

  • Read short chapters about American history – click here.
    There are many chapters and pages.  Look at the chapters to find the things you want to read about.
  • For teachers: Lessons on American Presidents  Ready-To-Print Handouts, MP3s & Online Quizzes


Links list below was taken from US Citizenship Podcast website.

American English at State: About the U.S.A.
About the U.S.A. is an American Studies reader that examines the customs, government, and history of the United States of America.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
Ben’s Guide is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.  Check out the Master level Learning Adventures.

CCSF: Best, OK, and Worst Citizenship Interview Strategies
50+ videos of mock interviews and interview strategies.

CDLP: Adult Learning Activities: Law and Government
Read and listenn to short stories about law and government based on the news.

This website will help you to understand the naturalization process and prepare for the naturalization tests.  Info in 中文, Tiếng Việt, Español, and English.  Mobile iPhone app; Android app

CLINIC: The Citizenship Test Guide
Free downloadable Citizenship guide and audio file (login req’d).

EasyAlgebra1: Citizenship Test 
4 videos by Patricia Phillips which reviews Reading, Writing, Civics material for the Citizenship Interview.

ELCivics.com: Civics Lessons and EL Civics for ESL Students
Learn Civics and ESL with pictures and easy words.

Elizabeth Claire’s Easy English News: US Constitution in Simple English
A free digital download of the US Constitution with a side-by-side translation in Simple English

Eyeball Interactive Learning Solutions: Citizenship Study Guide
Activities in English and Spanish with audio.  Focused on the 100 civics Questions.  News about Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

History Channel: Citizenship Quiz
This quiz is based on the USCIS Civics and History 100 Questions.

Jones Library Citizenship Resources
Check out the Jones Library free, downloadable Citizenship Guide (pdf and audio).

Julie Pittman: USCIS N-400 Naturalization Practice Video Playlist 
8 videos review the N-400 section by section. Good Job, Julie Pittman!

Lessons on American Presidents
Ready-To-Print Handouts, MP3s & Online Quizzes about all 44 US Presidents by Sean Banville

ListenandReadAlong: USCitizenship Test Material
AS the announcer reads the USCIS M638: Study Booklet: Learn About the United States Quick Civics Lessons, the words are highlighted!

MLC: Study for the U.S. Citizenship Self-Study Course
This course will help you study for the United States Naturalization (Citizenship) Test.

Quia: Citizenship Teacher
Civics, Reading, and Writing activities.

REEPWorld: Citizenship Resources
Nice collection of links to citizenship resources.

Rong-Chang: American Culture and Customs
100+ Short stories and audio plus vocabulary, comprehension, cloze, and dictation exercises

Spelling City: US Citizenship 
Great activities to practice citizenship writing vocabulary.

US Citizenship Podcast 
A daily blog of Citizenship resources and news with a special emphasis on N-400 practice.

uscitizenpod on YouTube
100+ videos from US Citizenship Podcast.  Students practice citizenship interviews and the 100 questions.

U. S. Citizenship Teachers
This site is designed as a place where teachers of U.S. citizenship classes can download and exchange resources such as powerpoints, and printable activities (worksheets, games, and more).  Email webmaster@USCitizenshipTeachers.org

Ventures Arcade: Citizenship 
Prepare for the citizenship.  Includes not only 100qs and spelling, but good N-400 vocabulary practice.

VOA News Blog: All About America 
Exploring American culture, history and ideals, as well as places of interest in the United States

VOA Learning English: Making of a Nation
The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States. Each report tells how the country and its people have developed.  Also available as a podcast.

VOA Learning English: This is America
This Is America looks at major issues in American life and society, and explores popular places across the United States.  Also available as a podcast.

USCIS Naturalization Test Study Materials plus literacy directory


Google Cultural Institute: The White House
Take a 360-degree virtual tour and explore the art and furnishings of the White House.

History Channel: Ellis Island
For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues.

The National Archives: The Declaration of Independence
Learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the Anglo-American Charters of Freedom.