All our videos teach through the power of story to make the history relevant and memorable. In this video-lesson, students learn the amazing and harrowing story of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended WWII. They learn about the day of the bombing of Hiroshima and what convinced Truman it was the right decision. It also unpacks the larger context of the war in the Pacific including the Battle of Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, as well as the planned invasion of Japan in a way they won't forget! ✅ The lessons cover state-standards while making sure the content is still interesting.
Debating Dropping the Bomb Activity
After the video, notes, and quiz, there are actually had two different options for the extension activity. Both are based on four powerful primary sources that get students to think critically about why Truman decided to drop the bomb. The first option allows students to record insights and create original questions on each of the documents to be ready for a discussion- this one is more open and less scaffolded but works better for a Socratic Seminar. The other option gives guided questions for students to answer and might be more appropriate for struggling students. Lastly, they both ask students to answer the question "Why did President Truman believe dropping the atomic bombs on Japan was the right decision?" and have to use evidence from the documents to support their answer.
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