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Hidden Figures

 

 

 

 

Far from a dry scientific tutorial or historical treatise, Hidden Figures is a warm, lively, often funny depiction of women whose brains and work ethics were indefatigable, even in the face of racism and sexism at their most oppressive. 

 

…this movie adroitly portrays the sheer waste and inefficiency of racism and misogyny.  Just think how much has been lost, the movie suggests, over centuries of depriving ourselves of the brains, talents and leadership of more than half our population.           

                Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

 

 

 

Contents of Guide

Part 1

 

Part 1

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Suggested Teaching Approach

4

After the First Viewing

3

After the First Viewing

5

Film Technique Checklist

4

Initial Quiz Answers

7

Analysis of Opening Scenes

5

Plot Summary

8

Close Reading the Text Checklist

6

Part 2

 

Understanding the Text

7

Scene-by-scene Commentary

9

Analysing the Plot

9

Part 3

 

Narrative Structure

10

Analysis of Opening Scenes

24

Conflict

12

Understanding the Text

27

Part 2

 

Analysing the Plot

29

Design and Setting – the Facts

13

Narrative Structure

30

Designing a Film

14

Conflicts

33

Characterisation Checklist

15

Part 4

 

Characterisation Tasks

16

Design and Setting

34

How True is It?  Fact and Fiction

18

Costumes

36

Cinematography and Visual Images

20

Characterisation

37

You Can't Please All the People…

21

Themes

43

Part 3

 

Part 5

 

Useful Quotations

22

Pre-production:  Writing the Screenplay

47

Cast List

24

History, Fact and Fiction

48

Behind the Camera

25

Cinematography

51

Scene List

26

Post-production: the Music

52

Glossary of Film Terms

28

You Can't Please All the People…

53

Worksheets

 

Part 6

 

Study Record

2

Extension

55

Initial Quiz

3

Word Find Answers

57

Plot Outline

4

Interesting Facts

59

Race and Gender

6

Bibliography

59

Word Search

7

Appendix: Plot Threads

60

Scene-by-scene

9

Extras include background material, interviews, screenplay and song lyrics, and a library of photographs.

 

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