Students ask questions of Justice Sotomayor.
In this lesson, students will learn about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This clip was a question and answer session in which students were able to submit questions for her to answer giving students insight into her life and time on the Supreme Court.
Discuss with students the role of a Supreme Court Justice. Have students brainstorm a list of questions that they would like to have been able to ask Sonia Sotomayor or any of the other Supreme Court Justices.
Have students complete the vocabulary activity. If using their personal devices, they should make a copy of the Google Slide and match each term to the appropriate definition. If they are using this as a printed handout, they can draw arrows to the correct match.
HANDOUT: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Vocabulary Activity (Google Slide)
After reviewing the vocabulary terms and addressing any misconceptions, have students view the following video clip to learn about Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Students should complete the related Graphic Organizer with information from the videos and answer the accompanying questions.
HANDOUT: Sonia Sotomayor: Graphic Organizer (Google Slide)
VIDEO CLIP: Interview with Justice Sotomayor (12:00)
How did books influence the life of Justice Sotomayor?
What makes Justice Sotomayor most proud about being the first Latina on the Supreme Court?
Who supported or inspired Justice Sotomayor?
What is different about the Supreme Court in comparison to other courts?
Ask students to consider their notes from the video clip that they have watched.
Pretend you are conducting an interview for C-SPAN with Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Make a list of at least five questions that you still have after completing the lesson. Use the internet to research the answers to the questions. You could film your question and answers with other students in the class or turn in just your questions and answers.