Lesson Plan: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy
II. While Reading Activities
- legacy |ˈleɡəsē| noun (plural legacies) • a thing handed down by a predecessor: the legacy of centuries of neglect.
- U.S. Supreme Court |səˈprim| noun• (in full US Supreme Court) the highest federal court in the US, consisting of nine justices and taking judicial precedence over all other courts in the nation.
- rearview mirror |ˌrirvyo͞o ˈmirər| noun a small angled mirror fixed inside the windshield of a motor vehicle, enabling the driver to see the vehicle or road behind.
- entrenched |inˈtren(t)SHtenˈtren(t)SHt| adjective (of an attitude, habit, or belief) firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change; ingrained: an entrenched resistance to change.
- attorney |əˈtərnē| noun (plural attorneys) 1 a person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters. 2 chiefly US a lawyer.
- inherent |inˈhirəntinˈherənt| adjective existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute: any form of mountaineering has its inherent dangers | the symbolism inherent in all folk tales.
- denigration |ˌdenəˈɡrāSH(ə)n| noun the action of unfairly criticizing someone or something: I witnessed the denigration of anyone who failed to toe the line | their constant denigration by a hostile media.
- unconstitutional |ˌənˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l| adjective not in accordance with a political constitution, especially the US Constitution, or with procedural rules.
- obliterate |əˈblidəˌrāt| verb [with object] destroy utterly; wipe out: figurative : the memory was so painful that he obliterated it from his mind.
- legitimacy |ləˈjidəməsē| noun conformity to the law or to rules: refusal to recognize the legitimacy of both governments.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 2- have
Justice Ginsburg will forever have two legacies.
II – 3- had
She had once been rejected for jobs at top New York law firms.
III 3- refused
Justice Ginsburg refused to retire.
Reading Comprehension Fill-ins
The other legacy of Justice Ginsburg’s that the country is now urgently forced to confront is the cold political reality that she died in the final weeks of a presidential campaign, at a moment whenTrump and McConnell, the Senate majority leader, appear to be dead-set on replacing her with someone who would obliterate much of the progress she helped the country make.