Photo credits: Mandy Walker/20th Century Fox
The 20th Century Fox-distributed film Hidden Figures tells a historically relevant story, which has now made it to classrooms across America.
According to the Huffington Post and various other national media sources, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has collaborated with Journeys in Film and the USC Rossier School of Education to present a curriculum guide that contains teaching lesson plans based on the groundbreaking film.
Journeys in Film and the USC Rossier School of Education are two nonprofit entities that have worked to legitimize the effort to turn this Oscar-nominated film into a full-fledged and enriching learning experience for secondary students in home-based, public, or private school settings.
A press release advertising this historically inspired educational endeavor partially reads as follows:
“Hidden Figures is ideally suited for use in the classroom, but teachers want students to do more with a film than passively view it. Journeys in Film has prepared eight comprehensive, standards-aligned lesson plans for secondary students. These interdisciplinary lessons can be used independently or through a team approach that gives students multiple lenses through which to consider the relevant historical and contemporary issues raised by the film.” (JourneysInFilm.org)
The three main stars of Hidden Figures are Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer. They play the roles of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three black women who made history in the 1950s and 1960s working for NASA.
Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson are credited with being the “human computers” who developed the orbital trajectories, which were instrumental to some successful space launches. One of those space launches was Project Mercury. In this mission, the U.S. orchestrated the first human spaceflight program.
This new Hidden Figures curriculum for secondary students is absolutely free for teachers to use. You can download the digital form of these lesson plans here.