Part 3: Focus on Themes 1. Ask students if they ever played a game in elementary school based on the question, “What’s missing?” (This type of puzzle is often included in children’s activity books. For example, a page might show a symbol for winter, spring, and summer, and then the child draws something for autumn, like a falling leaf.) Give other examples of the idea of “hidden”: In what sense are hidden figures part of problems in mathematics? (Equations include variables that represent hidden figures. For example, in the simple equation 2x + 4 =18, 7 is a kind of “hidden figure.”) When children play hide-and-seek, one individual plays the role of a hidden figure. In detective mystery stories, the culprit is often a hidden figure until the very end. In other words, hidden figures are not rare in everyday life.
61 J o u r n e y s i n F i l m : H i d d e n F i g u r e s 2. Point out that the choice of a title often relates directly to the theme of a movie or book. The title is also often a significant force in attracting readers and viewers. Indicate that the title Hidden Figures can seem vague, even mysterious. It does not indicate that the movie features major historical events and issues. Only after viewing the movie can one begin to think about and appreciate the significance of the title. 3. Distribute Handout 4 , review the directions with students, and have small groups complete the exercise. Suggested Responses 1. Synonyms for “hidden”: concealed, secret, invisible, unseen, veiled Antonyms: visible, obvious, exposed, revealed, overt, evident Phrases: hidden in plain sight, hidden treasure, hidden motives, hidden ingredients, hidden benefits 2. The word can seem hopeful, promising, and optimistic in some contexts; in others, it is quite negative, suggesting dishonesty, deceit, even malevolence. 3. “Figure” can be a noun representing a number (e.g., a statistic or piece of financial information); a person (such as a public figure or someone notorious for some reason); a shape (for instance a geometrical figure such as a trapezoid, or the shape of a human being); an illustration like a graph or chart or the shape of a physical body. The word can also be a verb meaning “to play a prominent role” or “to serve as a cause”; we also sometimes speak of “trying to figure something out.” 4. The mathematical issues in the movie are full of numbers of great significance to the success or failure of the space program; much of the work done in the film involves calculating and checking the accuracy of figures. The problem of returning John Glenn safely to Earth engages Katherine in an important search for an elusive figure. She herself is a hidden figure in the first reports we see her typing, as her name is not included, thus her key role is concealed. The three women featured in the movie, as well as all the others who work in West Computing, are hidden figures, secluded from everything else going on at Langley.
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