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Lesson #4

The Space Race: Questioning Sputnik

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8 Lesson Goal: How did the American people instinctively react to the Soviet launching of Sputnik? Time: 20-30 minutes Materials:   - Post-it notes - White Board -       Sputnik Video Clips Procedures: 1. The lesson begins by writing the “Lesson Goal” on the board (or in a place visible to the entire class). The students will be told that they must be able to answer this question before the end of class. 2. Divide the white board/chalk board into two halves. On one half, write Americans. On the other half, write Russians. 3. Instruct the class that today they will be watching video footage that was recorded just weeks after the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite in space. This footage shows American college students interviewing the Soviet scientists that launched Sputnik. 4. The interview is divided into 7 separate videos. The students may either watch them individually/in groups, or the teacher may play them all for the class. If they are watching them individually or in groups, videos may be assigned to specific groups. However, it is suggested that the entire class watch the first video together as it includes the introductions, and it can act as a “practice round”. 5. While watching the videos, instruct the students to not only pay attention to the questions being asked, but how the Americans and Russians seem to react. What emotions do they seem to be expressing? Use the probing questions below. Probing Questions A. Based on the questions they ask, how would you describe the demeanor of the Americans? B. How are the Russians reacting to the American questions? C. Do the Americans seem to trust the answers the Russians are giving? D. Do the Russians seem to be telling the truth? Why or why not? 6. Using the probing questions as their guide, instruct the students to write their thoughts on the post-it notes. Whenever they have a thought, they can write it down and post it on the corresponding side of the board. Have them initial the post-its so that they receive credit. 7. After all the videos are watched, use the post-it notes to lead a class discussion on the topic. Assessment:   Students will be assessed based upon their responses with the on the post-it notes as well as their responses to the follow-up questions.

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Lesson #4

The Space Race: Questioning Sputnik

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8 Lesson Goal: How did the American people instinctively react to the Soviet launching of Sputnik? Time: 20-30 minutes Materials:   - Post-it notes - White Board -       Sputnik Video Clips Procedures: 1. The lesson begins by writing the “Lesson Goal” on the board (or in a place visible to the entire class). The students will be told that they must be able to answer this question before the end of class. 2. Divide the white board/chalk board into two halves. On one half, write Americans. On the other half, write Russians. 3. Instruct the class that today they will be watching video footage that was recorded just weeks after the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite in space. This footage shows American college students interviewing the Soviet scientists that launched Sputnik. 4. The interview is divided into 7 separate videos. The students may either watch them individually/in groups, or the teacher may play them all for the class. If they are watching them individually or in groups, videos may be assigned to specific groups. However, it is suggested that the entire class watch the first video together as it includes the introductions, and it can act as a “practice round”. 5. While watching the videos, instruct the students to not only pay attention to the questions being asked, but how the Americans and Russians seem to react. What emotions do they seem to be expressing? Use the probing questions below. Probing Questions A. Based on the questions they ask, how would you describe the demeanor of the Americans? B. How are the Russians reacting to the American questions? C. Do the Americans seem to trust the answers the Russians are giving? D. Do the Russians seem to be telling the truth? Why or why not? 6. Using the probing questions as their guide, instruct the students to write their thoughts on the post-it notes. Whenever they have a thought, they can write it down and post it on the corresponding side of the board. Have them initial the post-its so that they receive credit. 7. After all the videos are watched, use the post-it notes to lead a class discussion on the topic. Assessment:   Students will be assessed based upon their responses with the on the post-it notes as well as their responses to the follow-up questions.

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