Was the United States Justified in Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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As the culminating activity in a unit study of World War II, class members prepare for and engage in a Socratic seminar that considers whether the United States was justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Carefully scaffolded activities model for learners how to analyze an argument, how to collect evidence, and how to prepare for a Socratic seminar. Individuals then take a stance on the question and draw on what they have learned to craft an argumentative essay. 

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Scaffolding ensures that all learners can achieve the stated objectives
  • The included document provides strong arguments and evidence for both points of view
  • The packet contains all the required templates, worksheets, and documents
Cons

  • The lesson assumes that class members have studied World War II, the Pacific Theater, and the development of the atomic bomb
Common Core