Aim: How does the Supreme Court Work?
1. Research Activity:
Using the websites below find the following information on each of the Supreme Court Justices and record it in your notebook.
Supreme Court Justice Research
- Name of Justice
- Date of Birth
- Date of Appointment
- Appointed By (president)
- Judicial Philosophy
Please use the following links to complete your research. All links will open in a new tab or window.
Supreme Court – Government Website
The Supreme Court – PBS Website
2. Evidence Based Claim Activity
Choose one of the two articles you have received and make a claim (take a position) based on one of the question that follows the article title. As you read you must annotate the article. In addition you will explain your position in an essay (2 pages hand written or 1 page typed). You must use evidence from the articles to support your claim.
Article 1: Race and Ethnicity
For Sotomayor and Thomas, Paths Diverge at Race
- Does race and ethnicity factor, if at all, into a justice’s legal decisions?
Article 2: Gender
Debate on Whether Female Judges Decide Differently Arises Anew
- Do female judges decide cases differently than male judges?