Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Sonia Sotomayor, and addresses the standard of examining the contributions of people of Hispanic heritage to American society. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a photo of Sonia Sotomayor wearing her justice robe and collar, possibly with the rest of the Supreme Court justices. Ask:

  • Who is this? (If students say she’s a judge, probe by asking what kind of judge or what court she sits on).
  • What does it mean to be a Supreme Court judge?
  • What characteristics do you think it takes to be a judge?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Sonia Sotomayor Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: EXTEND and DEEPEN

Students express what they learned about Sonia Sotomayor while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a biopic about Justice Sotomayor’s life. Begin with her childhood, describing how her experiences affected her career and aspirations. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a timeline of events and accomplishments in Sotomayor’s life, including all of her “firsts” and identifying details about each.
  • Creative Coding: Code a true or false sorting game about Sonia Sotomayor. Summarize facts, then make up some untruths.

More to Explore

Argument Wars: In this iCivics game, players act as lawyers in monumental cases argued before the Supreme Court. 

Sortify: World Changing Women: This game challenges players to sort influential women by attributes, such as musicians, writers, Suffrage Movement, and more.  

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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