Biography (nonfiction), 1,384 words, Level V (Grade 4), Lexile 860L
Many students are familiar with NASA and the Apollo space missions, and they may know famous astronauts such as John Glenn or Neil Armstrong. But have they heard of Katherine Johnson? Katherine Johnson tells the story of an incredible African American woman who was one of the major brains behind NASA's space missions. Students will enjoy learning about this ground-breaking woman who was central to America's success in the space race. They will also have the opportunity to identify the author's purpose as well as to summarize to better understand the text.
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aeronautics, analyze, calculations, dignity, launched, mathematician, mission, satellite, segregation, space race, surpass, trajectories
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Teach the Objectives
Summarize to understand text
Author's Purpose : Identify author's purpose
Grammar and Mechanics
Possessive Nouns : Identify and use possessive nouns
Synonyms and Antonyms : Recognize and use synonyms and antonyms
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class