Subject: World History
1. Topic-
World War II
 
2. Content-
Truman's decision to drop the world's first atomic bomb.
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
Students will consider the moral decision made by President Truman regarding the atomic bomb
 
4. Objectives-
SWBAT critique the decision taken by the US to drop an atomic bomb on Japan (three part lesson, second day)
 
5. Materials and Aids-
Chalkboard, primary source invasion plans, projector and computer
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Do Now: If Truman invaded Japan, how many soldiers was the US expecting to lose? (review from previous day)
2. Review answer from notes checking to make sure students have key information written down
 

B. Development-

1.Ask students if they have ever heard of a "kamikaze attack" before have students explain for class
2. Write down vocab while explaining the Japanese soldier's mentality
3. Using the projector show a short clip from "Letters from Iwo Jima" showing a Japanese General's speech to his men
4.Explain that this war mentality was a fear for the US army and a consideration for invasion
5. (where the video starts)
go over why Robert Oppenheimer was opposed to using the bomb
 

C. Practice-

1.Using the Socratic Method, have students explain how the bomb changed warfare in the future
2. (Where the video ends) Students are given time to organize their ideas for their upcoming essay response
 

D. Independent Practice-

During the next class, students will be using their notes to write a response to the question:
"Was Truman right to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, or should the US have invaded instead?
 

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Using a variety of teaching methods: media, reading, lecture, Socratic method, writing
 

F. Checking for understanding-

Questions throughout to make sure students are paying attention and follow the lesson
 

G. Closure-

Students are given a post-it note 3 minutes until the end of class and told to write down the position they will be taking for the essay along with one contention for their argument
 

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