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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