Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Chapters 1-5)
Langley Research Center, which is the main setting of Hidden Figures, is located in Hampton, Virginia. The author writes about the communities surrounding Langley, their rapid growth due to World War II and the defense industry, and how the area affected those who worked at Langley Research Center. The objective of this lesson is to examine the setting of Hidden Figures.
Class Discussion: Where is Langley Research Center located? How does the author describe the area at the beginning of the book? What causes the rapid growth of the communities surrounding Langley? How are the people who live there affected by the growth? What barriers were there for black people living there? What changes, if any, does the area undergo during the course of Hidden Figures?
Group Activity: Divide the class into three groups. Assign each group one of the following: Langley Research Center, Hampton...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.2(e), 9-10.7, 9-10.10, 11-12.2(e), 11-12.7, 11-12.10
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