Daily VideoSeptember 28, 2018
Teaching Moment: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Directions: Read the summary below first, then watch the video and answer the discussion questions. To help students follow along, turn on the closed captions function marked “CC” or use the transcript. Note: There are three additional videos to watch below. For the sake of time, choose the one that works best for your class. Given the sensitive nature of the issue, preview all videos before showing to your students.
You may also wish to watch parts of the Senate Judiciary Committee as they vote on Friday to move Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate on Saturday, Sept. 29th and discuss the two comments made by Republican and Democratic senators below.
During Friday’s meeting, according to NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said: “It feels like Alice in Wonderland around here. … This Judiciary Committee is no longer and independent of government. … We are an arm, and a very weak arm, of the Trump White House.”
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said: “I know Judge Kavanaugh, I have known him a long time. It would be a crying shame to keep treating him as imposter or someone who can’t do this job.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face a crucial vote Friday as a Senate panel will decide whether or not to move his nomination to the full Senate on Saturday with a full vote as early as next week. This comes a day after Kavanaugh adamantly denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, who insisted she’s “100 percent” certain he did. High drama played out in a day-long hearing on the allegations against Kavanaugh. Ford offered her much-awaited testimony about the summer day in 1982 that she remembers being assaulted, while Kavanaugh defiantly called it a “political hit.”
For classroom resources since the start of the Supreme Court hearings, use NewsHour Extra’s Study guide: Supreme Court confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh.
Discuss the essential question as a class or with a partner or craft a written response:
Essential question: After hearing Thursday’s testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, how has your understanding of the issue of sexual assault in America changed?
You may also want to watch the following NewsHour video which provides key moments from Thursday’s hearings:
Part two: Our Student Reporting Labs asked teens around the country ahead of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
How and when should adults be held accountable for their actions as children or teenagers?
Do young people think about the choices they make as teenagers and how they may have consequences for their adult lives?
Whose perspective did you agree with? Whose perspective did you disagree with? How do you relate what they said to what is happening in Congress and the Supreme Court?
Do you think some of the young people’s opinions may have shifted after they heard from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh as well as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee?
How and when should adults be held accountable for their actions as children or teenagers? Do young people think about the choices we make as teenagers and how they may have consequences for our adult lives? These are the questions our Student Reporting Labs asked teens around the country ahead of today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Posted by PBS NewsHour on Thursday, September 27, 2018
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