What Should President Truman Do?

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by having class members read John Hersey's Hiroshima
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes that class members have a basic understanding of World War II events
Pros

  • 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
Cons

  • None