This What Should President Truman Do? handout & reference also includes:
After reading the article Choices: Truman, Hirohito, and the Atomic Bomb, class members engage in a simulation, assume the role of President Truman or one of his advisors, and discuss the options open to the president. The exercise concludes with a writing activity in which individuals discuss whether or not they believe Truman made the right decision.
- Extend the lesson by having class members read John Hersey's Hiroshima
- The lesson assumes that class members have a basic understanding of World War II events
- The carefully scaffolded plan includes links to the primary source documents, discussion questions, role cards for the simulation, and a writing prompt
- A plan suitable for middle school classes is attached