we get our students excited about learning u.s. civics   

Interactive games, group challenges, videos, illustrative books, songs and more 


The objective of the U.S. Civics/Citizenship program is to help students gain an understanding of American history, governance and culture, as well as to learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens in preparation for the naturalization exam. We understand that students learn best when they can visualize and deconstruct class material. That is why our instructors incorporate interactive games, videos, and group competitions during the fifteen weeks of class.


There are 100 questions to study for the naturalization exam. On the day of the naturalization interview and test with a USCIS officer, applicants will be asked up to ten questions from the list of 100 questions. Applicants must respond orally, answering six of the ten questions correctly in order to pass the civic portion of the exam. 

Emphasis on:

  • the principles of American democracy 
  • the system of government in the United States 
  • the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens 
  • American history during the colonial period and independence 
  • American history during the 1800s 
  • American wars during the 1900s
  • recent American history and other important historical information 
  • U.S. geography (including U.S. territories)
  • U.S. symbols
  • U.S. holiday 

Course Structure

Each class session discusses and examines a different subject in U.S. civics. Class material is designed to introduce students to the history and context behind the various USCIS civics questions. TLYL instructors attend USCIS training seminars and use USCIS approved educational products and resources. 

Class Schedule:

  • Week 1: “The Colonies Under British Rule”; “George Washington’s Life”
  • Week 2: “War of 1812”; “Creating a New Government”
  • Week 3: “Benjamin Franklin”; “The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments”
  • Week 4: “Thanksgiving Day U.S. National Holiday”; “The Pilgrims Come to North America”; “Coming to America”
  • Week 5: “The Executive Branch”
  • Week 6: “The Legislative Branch” 
  • Week 7: “The Judicial Branch” (midterm exam day)
  • Week 8: “America Grows in the 1800s”; “Abraham Lincoln”
  • Week 9: “Fighting for Our Rights”
  • Week 10: “World War I”
  • Week 11: “The American Flag”; “Important U.S. Symbols in Our Lives”
  • Week 12: “U.S. Geography”; “My Home in the United States”
  • Week 13: “Democracy in the United States” (final exam day)
  • Week 14: Application for Naturalization–USCIS Form N-400 
  • Week 15: Mock USCIS Naturalization Interviews

* Please note that the summer cycle is condensed, with classes lasting twelve weeks rather than the average fifteen weeks.