WWII: The Pacific 1939-45 – Japan and the Atom Bomb

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Though the scientists who developed the atom bomb did not believe it should be used to end World War II, American President Harry S. Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were of like mind in their decision to drop the bomb on the town of Hiroshima. Did their decision contribute to the most significant event of the war? High schoolers work to form a debate position that makes this argument and prepares for counterarguments that maintain other events were more significant.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign as homework for a flipped classroom activity
  • Project some of the images on the board to see if learners are familiar with the historic photographs
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to the Internet and the latest version of Flash®
  • The final lesson in a series of three about the Pacific campaigns during World War II
  • Provides background information and primary sources for learners to supplement their prior knowledge on Hiroshima
  • Connect world history with argumentative writing and public speaking skills
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