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My Beloved World
by Justice Sonia Sotomayor


YAL Presenter Unit 2014/2015

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2014, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Gina Gamboa and Cynthia Zucker

What makes this a good YAL choice...

Like the child of many Latino immigrant families to the United States, Sonia Sotomayor navigates her world with support and love, but frequently is on her own as she manages her childhood diabetes, copes with family and cultural challenges, confronts neighborhood violence, and participates in a school system that does not adequately prepare her for the rigors of college. Students can find many parallels to their lives in My Beloved World, and can also benefit from Ms. Sotomayor’s compelling argument that affirmative action is essential to guarantee access and success for minority and disadvantaged students who are attending college. Her stubborn persistence in the face of obstacles leads her to declare, “I’ve spent my whole life learning how to do things that are hard for me.” — Cynthia Zucker


YAL Conference Workshop Description
From the Bronx to the Bench in My Beloved World by Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Gina Gamboa, Melanie Del Real and Cynthia Zucker, Presenters

In this engagingly plain-spoken memoir, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor shares aspects of her life that will touch many of our students, from embracing her ethnic Puerto Rican culture to learning to assert herself at Princeton. She survives serious lifelong diabetes, the complications of a loving but dysfunctional family, and childhood poverty, ultimately working her way to the Supreme Court. This workshop will examine the genre of memoir and how to get students to write stories from their own lives. Additional materials may address the use of the CCSS literacy framework in studying the Supreme Court and some recent cases, role playing in a mock trial, and tools for studying the history of Latino immigrants to the United States. — Workshop Description for YAL 2014