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Lesson Plan: Valentina Tereshkova Becomes the First Woman to Travel into Space

Lesson Details

Subject: History

Grade Level: High School

Duration: 1 hour

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the history of the Soviet space program
  • Understand the significance of Valentina Tereshkova's spaceflight
  • Can analyze primary sources to draw conclusions about the space race


This lesson will be taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and primary source analysis.


  • Primary source documents related to the Soviet space program and Valentina Tereshkova's spaceflight
  • Whiteboard and markers


Introduction (10 minutes)

The teacher will begin by giving a brief lecture on the history of the Soviet space program, including the launch of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight.

Primary Source Analysis (30 minutes)

Students will work in small groups to analyze primary source documents related to Valentina Tereshkova's spaceflight. These documents may include newspaper articles, photographs, and government reports. Students will be asked to draw conclusions about the significance of Tereshkova's spaceflight and the role of women in the Soviet space program.

Discussion (20 minutes)

The class will come together for a discussion about the primary source analysis. The teacher will guide the discussion to ensure that students are drawing accurate conclusions and understanding the significance of Tereshkova's spaceflight.

Conclusion (10 minutes)

The teacher will wrap up the lesson by summarizing the key points and asking students to reflect on what they have learned.

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