Philosophical Chairs: Justification for the Dropping the Atomic Bombs

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Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified? Class members prepare for a Document Based Question (DBQ) writing assignment with a series of preparatory activities. Groups examine six documents, including first person narratives, images, and reports, join reading circles, and engage in a full-class philosophical chairs discussion. Individuals then craft their own expository essay in response to the question.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Good practice activity for the BDQ portion of US History AP exam
  • Carefully scaffolded approach
  • Thoughtfully selected documents
  • Philosophic chairs directions included
  • Discussion questions attached to each document
  • Includes sample essay
Cons

  • Exercise would work best if all class members have read John Hersey's Hiroshima
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