Supreme Court Justices Research and Resumes

According to Article III, Section1 of the United States constitution, the only qualification one needs to be appointed to the Supreme Court is to demonstrate "good behavior." The president and Congress are given the power to determine the qualifications. To better understand what qualifications have earned justices their appointments, class members research two justices, one current and one historic justice. They then create resumes for these individuals and a video clip that reveals the justice's thinking or personality.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups design an application form that defines the job of a Supreme Court justice and lists the qualifications and experiences they feel candidates should have
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members require computers with internet access
  • Presumes pupils have an understanding of the structure of the federal court system
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes links to three bell ringers that can be used to launch the lesson
Cons
  • None