Lesson Plan: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: How Books Have Impacted Her Life

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Motivation for Writing

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviews Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. They talk about Justice Sotomayor's background and her motivation for writing books for youth.

Description

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about the significance of books throughout her life. Through the video clips in this lesson, she explains how books have shaped her into the person she has become as well as her motivation for writing books.

Procedures

  • Step 1:

    Students can use the accompanying handout to take notes as they view the videos in this lesson.

    Handout: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: How Books Have Impacted Her Life (Google Doc)

    View the video clip below as a class to provide background information on Justice Sotomayor.

    Video Clip 1: Motivation for Writing (5:42)

    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviews Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. They talk about Justice Sotomayor's background and her motivation for writing books for youth.

  • Step 2:

    Have students view the collection of video clips below to hear Justice Sotomayor talk about her childhood and why books have been important to her throughout her life. This activity may be jigsawed among students in the class or completed individually. Then, discuss as a class students' observations and reactions to Justice Sotomayor and personal connections they made to her stories.

    Video Clip 2: Important Women in her Life (1:48)

    Justice Sotomayor talks about one of the most significant women in her life and how she included her in her books.

    Video Clip 3: Books in Her Youth

    Justice Sotomayor talks about why she loved books as a child.

    Video Clip 4: Passion for Law (5:02)

    Justice Sotomayor explains how she discovered her interest in law as a child and how it developed throughout her life.

    Video Clip 5: Comic Books (1:55)

    Justice Sotomayor reads a passage from her picture book that talks about being diagnosed with diabetes as a child and how she found courage in reading comic books.

    Video Clip 6: Seeing Yourself in Books (2:15)

    Justice Sotomayor explains how as a child she did not have access to books in which she could see herself and why it is important to her today.

    Video Clip 7: Books Are the Key (1:12)

    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reads an excerpt from Justice Sotomayor's book "Turning Pages" that describes what books have meant to Justice Sotomayor throughout her life and how they are the key to who she is today.

  • Step 3:

    Ask students to consider the notes they took while viewing the videos and during class discussion and complete one of the following activities as they consider how books have impacted their lives:

    1. Write a journal entry, poem or song that reflects how a book/books have influenced you.
    2. Draw a self portrait and label it with words/images that reflect how a book/books have helped shape who you are.

Additional Resource

Vocabulary

  • Brown V Board Of Education
  • Confirmation Process
  • Migration
  • Regulate
  • Resources
  • Segregate

Topics

EducationEnglish & Literature

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh School