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Hidden Figures (Movie Guide)

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The film is based on the true story of three African-American women who played key roles in NASA's Space Race during the 1960s. The film follows the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who work as mathematicians at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. Despite facing racial and gender discrimination, the women use their intelligence and determination to break through barriers and make significant contributions to the space program. Katherine Johnson, portrayed by Henson, is a brilliant mathematician who becomes a crucial member of the team responsible for calculating the trajectory for John Glenn's historic orbit around the Earth. Vaughan, played by Spencer, becomes the supervisor of a group of "computers," women who manually do the calculations needed for the space program, and she teaches herself and her team how to program IBM computers. Jackson, played by Monáe, becomes NASA's first black female engineer, breaking through multiple barriers and fighting for her right to attend an all-white school to obtain her degree. The film also highlights the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on women's lives, as they navigate segregation and discrimination in their personal and professional lives. The movie is a tribute to their achievements and the contributions of African American women to the space program and the STEM field. Overall, Hidden Figures is an inspiring and important film that celebrates the resilience and brilliance of these women, as well as the power of determination and perseverance. It's a must-see for anyone interested in history, space exploration, and the fight for equality.

This product includes 32 questions to help keep your students focused and engaged throughout the movie. The video guide is time-stamped, which allows teachers to chunk the movie into parts and to easily pick up where the class left off. I have also included a character reference guide and some "fact vs. fiction" insight into the movie. Lastly, this product comes with a complete teacher key. Ready to print and ready to use!

This movie is available on iTunes and Amazon.

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