You be the Judge! Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Activity

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Students will read the transcript (or watch) Judge Neil Gorsuch talk about the seperation of powers, the Bill of Rights and liberty. Then students will "judge" his answers and provide feedback in an written response.

Preview: You’ve studied the U.S. Constitution in school since you were young; by now you should be an expert. This week, Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee for the Supreme Court, is going through Senate confirmation hearings and was asked to answer three questions:

1. Explain the concept of the Constitution as a negative document.

2. Why do we have a Bill of Rights?

3. What fundamental difference would it make if we didn't have one?

Read the attached transcript (or watch the clip) and use your expertise to evaluate Judge Gorsuch’s answers. *Full Activity plan attached.




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