Nearly every president has had the opportunity to name a nominee to the United States Supreme Court. But what makes someone an ideal candidate to become a Supreme Court justice? High schoolers test their prior knowledge about the Supreme Court before working together to create a resume for the next nominee using a collaborated list of criteria. After small groups present their fictional nominees, they write an essay to select the best nominee from all presented.
- Use the knowledge assessment to introduce a unit on the Supreme Court or the Judicial Branch of government
- Have learners conduct additional research using the provided links
- Supplement the activity with more information about current Supreme Court appointments and nominees
- Helpful during a presidential election or when discussing the three branches of government
- Assessment includes interesting pieces of political trivia
- Lesson is general enough to account for any era of the Supreme Court
- Creative, educational, collaborative, and relevant