If you watched some of the 50th Anniversary Apollo moon landing shows, you might have noticed that not everyone immediately knew what the first words on the moon really were. This assignment gives students the chance to take a look at the all-important adjectives used to describe mankind's ascent into the heavens.
This assignment is linked to a Google Doc that can be copied. There's a word bank of adjectives that Neil Armstrong could have used, some much better than others. This 20-point assignment has students looking up some basic 1969 / space program information (or just discuss it in class as a group), then choose five potential adjectives that would have worked as well as the original. Lastly, students choose one adjective that falls flat on the moon. Short explanations for each chosen word.
This worksheet would work very well to elicit discussion when it comes to speeches, famous quotes, space, science, history, or even famous (mis)quotes.
There is no answer key, since students can choose from 65 adjectives for their answers. The point is to consider the importance of word choice and be able to come up with an argument that supports the use of one word over another.