Answer key: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lesson Plan: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. legacy |ˈleɡəsē| noun (plural legacies) • a thing handed down by a predecessor: the legacy of centuries of neglect.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. attorney |əˈtərnē| noun (plural attorneys) 1 a person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters.  2 chiefly US a lawyer.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. unconstitutional |ˌənˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l| adjective  not in accordance with a political constitution, especially the US Constitution, or with procedural rules.
  9. obliterate |əˈblidəˌrāt| verb [with object] destroy utterly; wipe out: figurative : the memory was so painful that he obliterated it from his mind.
  10. 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.