Reaching for the Moon Common Core Curriculum Guide

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This Common Core-aligned curriculum guide is designed to accompany Katherine Johnson's autobiography Reaching for the Moon, and includes discussion questions for use in class or as independent activities, and activity worksheets that reinforce core writing and reading comprehension skills. Also included are writing prompts and extension activities that can be used either in class or assigned as homework.

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Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson

As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA’s biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.

Katherine Johnson’s story was made famous in the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Now in Reaching for the Moon she tells her own story for the first time, in a lively autobiography that will inspire young readers everywhere.

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