Guide to the Adult Citizenship Education Content Standards and Foundation Skills: A Framework for Developing a Comprehensive Curriculum
The Office of Citizenship in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created this guide to help adult citizenship education program administrators and teachers in developing a citizenship curriculum and thematic lessons, choosing textbooks and supplemental materials, and creating effective learning activities.
This guide is organized around three naturalization content areas with correlated progress standards. The guide emphasizes the importance of foundation skills necessary for students to learn citizenship-specific content. Using the foundation skills and content standards outlined in this guide, teachers can link the skills and knowledge their students need for the naturalization interview and test with classroom instruction.
This guide to will help adult citizenship education program administrators and teachers identify the content knowledge and foundation skills students need to know for the pre-interview, interview and test, and post-interview parts of the naturalization process.
There are several ways that these standards can be used. At the most comprehensive level, the standards serve as a complete content inventory from which program staff can develop a citizenship curriculum with course outlines, syllabi, lesson plans, and activities. There are several ways that these standards can be used. Teachers can use them as a checklist to ensure that they are teaching the content that adult citizenship students need to successfully navigate the naturalization process as well as study for and learn the content on the naturalization test. Teachers can also use the standards to create thematic lessons by combining related or complementary progress standards.
This guide will help program administrators and teachers identify areas of instruction that may not be covered in the program’s curriculum or class textbook. Program administrators and teachers can use this guide to determine what additional information on the pre-interview, interview and test, and post-interview parts of the naturalization process may need to be taught so students are prepared for the all parts of the naturalization process.