Four Activities: Thurgood Marshall and the Nomination and Confirmation of Federal Judges

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The process of nominating and confirming federal judges can sound like a lot of bureaucratic hoops, but a resource breaks down the steps of the Supreme Court nominations in a simpler manner. Learners participate in four activities that include writing essays, reading primary sources, brainstorming the definition of checks and balances, creating a nomination process flow chart, and even writing a resume for Thurgood Marshall himself!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the Thurgood Marshall resume activity by also assigning learners to create a fake LinkedIn profile
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects some pre-knowledge about the Supreme Court 
  • Aligns to many Ohio state standards, but is applicable to classrooms in any state
Pros

  • Great practice analyzing primary sources
  • Provides answer key
  • Involves diverse exercises 
Cons

  • None