Women's History Minute: Katherine Johnson

Launch a study of Katherine Johnson and her contributions to the NASA Space Program with a short video that introduces viewers to little-known information about the role she and other women played. The video also reveals the gender bias apparent in the early stages of space exploration.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research in greater depth Johnson and other African American women involved in the NASA Space Program, including Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan
  • Before and after watching the video, have class members generate a KWL chart then assign groups to research the topics they want to know more about
  • Include the video as a part of Women's History Month lessons
Classroom Considerations
  • The short video provides a very brief overview of Johnson and would best serve as an introduction to a unit study of women in NASA or during Black History Month
Pros
  • The video introduces topics that will catch viewers interest and encourages more in-depth research
Cons
  • None