Answer key: Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Lesson Plan: Justice Sonia Sotomayor  Strongly Challenges  The Travel Ban

Word Inference

  1. unwavering |ˌənˈwāv(ə)riNG| adjective-steady or resolute; not wavering: she fixed him with an unwavering stare.
  2. predominantly |prəˈdämənəntlē| adverb-mainly; for the most part: [sentence adverb] : it is predominantly a coastal bird.
  3. resolute |ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot| adjective-admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering: she was resolute and unswerving.
  4. dissent  |dəˈsent| noun- the expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held: there was no dissent from this view.
  5. animus |ˈanəməs| noun-1 hostility or ill feeling: the author’s animus toward her.
  6. misconstrue |ˌmiskənˈstro͞o|-verb (misconstrues, misconstruing, misconstrued) [with object] interpret (something, especially a person’s words or actions) wrongly: my advice was deliberately misconstrued.
  7. crux |krəkskro͝oks| noun (plural cruxes or cruces |ˈkro͞oˌsēz| ) (the crux) the decisive or most important point at issue: the crux of the matter is that attitudes have changed.
  8. conservative |kənˈsərvədiv| adjective- holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
  9. masquerade|ˌmaskəˈrād| noun- a false show or pretense: his masquerade ended when he was arrested.
  10. stone face noun (informal) –a face that reveals no emotions.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary


Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

The court voted 5 to 4, with the more conservative justices in the majority and with Justice Breyer writing his own dissent. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Sotomayor’s.


Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I. 1-chose

Justice Sotomayor chose her words carefully.


The crowded courthouse fell silent.


She  stated that Trump had never disavowed any of his statements regarding Islam.