About Federal Judges

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Not just anybody can do the job of a federal judge, but according to the United States Constitution just about anybody can be appointed. The lesson outlines the process and requirements for becoming a federal judge, focusing on the appointment and confirmation process. Scholars of criminology explore the different types of judges and the factors that lead to their appointment. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the resource for students to research definitions of key terms
  • Supplement classroom activities with the page as an outside reading assignment 
Classroom Considerations

  • The page is part of a series of five lessons on the organization of the Federal Courts  
  • Some of the information in the lesson relates specifically to the state of Missouri 
  • Reading level is better for high schoolers
Pros

  • Interactive quiz is an effective four-question assessment
  • The highlighted key terms link to a glossary of definitions to help clarify the concept
Cons

  • The font size is small, and the navigation is not intuitive
Common Core