The film "October Sky" (1999) is adapted from "Big Creek Missile Agency" and "Rocket Boys: A Memoir," by Homer Hickam Jr. They tell the heart-touching story of growing up in a rural West Virginia mining town in the late 1950’s, and a boy and his friends’ pursuit of amateur rocketry.
This product can be used during a unit on rocketry
and the Space Race
as an emergency substitute activity at any point throughout the school year, or after the completion of state standardized testing (I've done all three). It consists of three separate worksheets:
(1) Questions that students should answer while watching the "October Sky". Questions are open response and focus on the film's plot. They are answered in chronological order of the film's plot for easy completion by students, and encourage student attentiveness.
(2) Like/Unlike worksheet for after viewing where students can compare and contrast themselves to the characters in the film, and write short answers which can detail their developing intra-personal Intelligence.
(2) Survey Routine on the reading the article "Big Creek Missile Agency". Teacher use of the Survey Routine helps students prepare for reading assignments by making students aware of the main ideas associated with the passage to help them focus on the most important information as they read. The routine helps students analyze the structure and key content of a passage by discussing its title, predicting content, identifying its relationship to other passages in the unit of study, naming its main parts, identifying key information, and paraphrasing a summary of the passage. In studies, students answered an average of 10 percent to 15 percent more of their test questions correctly when the Survey Routine was used that when it was not. These results were seen with all students, including those with learning disabilities and other low-achieving students as well as average- and high-achieving students.