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She also recognizes and prepares for change, learning the computer programming language Fortran, teaching it to her team, and thus preparing them to move ahead rather than to be outdistanced by changing technology.In this lesson, the film itself is the central text as students focus on characters and themes. Part 1 involves viewing the film and writing journal responses to specific questions, as well an analysis of selected quotations from the movie. Students clarify their understanding of what happens and of the people involved.Part 2 engages students, working in small groups, in intensive character analysis as well as in preparing class presentations. The primary focus is on the three main characters; however, if you have a large class and want to vary topics a bit more, you can consider including Al Harrison and Vivian Mitchell, both of whom play prominent roles. You will find it helpful to have multiple DVDs or computers for streaming access so that groups can scan the movie for scenes that focus on their characters.56J 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 sPart 3 begins with an investigation of the significance of the title Hidden Figures. This leads students to consider the many themes conveyed by a film that is essentially optimistic, but does not veil darker aspects of individuals and cultures. In all three parts of the lesson, you will want to emphasize an open-ended approach that encourages a rich diversity of responses and insights.
57J 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 sL e s s o n 4 (LANGUAGE ARTS)Common Core Standards addressed by this lessonCCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.Duration of the Lesson Two to five class periods, plus time to view the filmAssessmentJournal responses to the initial viewing of the film Class discussionPresentation of character analysisShort essays MaterialsThe full movie Hidden Figures(preferably multiple DVDs or computers for streaming access)Handout 1: Hidden FiguresViewer Response