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Reaching for the stars

Activity 4

Reaching for the stars

Group 1: Film poster

Hidden Figures, by Theodore Melfi, 2017.

Group 2: An interview with the actresses

The cast and crew members of the movie Hidden Figures answer the audience’s questions.


  • NASA → National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • A figure is to a number what a letter is to a word. It can also mean a person.
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You are in charge of one picture.

What kind of document is it? Is is fictional or real? What surprises you?

Do you recognize the people on your picture? Look for information about it on the Internet.

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn more about the other document.

What are the common points and similarities between the two documents?
What is the issue raised here?

What questions would you ask these ladies?

Useful vocabulary: Not only did these women (+V)... but they also (+V-ed)...
Not only were these women (+adj.)… but they were also (+adj.)...
Without Katherine Johnson’s calculations, Nasa would not have been able to (+V)…

Grammar in progress

By + V-ing / « en faisant »

Pour indiquer la manière dont une action a lieu, on utilise by + V-ing.
Ex : Rudy Horne helped by giving Taraji P. Henson mathematics formulas. (= en donnant)

Exercices p. 70

Let's learn!

Word Cloud

Make a vocabulary cloud entitled “Working at NASA” with 6 categories: Jobs at NASA, Material, Space, Actions, Segregation and Character. Present it to the class.

Over to you!

Interview a hidden figure who is actually a hero

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

As a journalist, you must interview one of the women scientists who inspired the movie Hidden Figures. Ask them about their work, difficulties, solutions, challenges, accomplishments…

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