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In this student-centered, Common Core aligned activity, your students will debate the moral and military considerations surrounding the question of whether or not the United States should have dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the Second World War. This activity has students think like historians by delving into primary source documents to find evidence supporting their side of the debate.
Included in this file:
-Lesson guide with detailed instructions on how to implement this mini-debate activity in your classroom
-Mini-debate assignment sheet for student use and rubric for easy grading
-Primary source document: Leo Szilard's Petition to President Truman, July 1945
-Primary source document: Excerpts from President Truman's Radio Address to the American People, August 9, 1945
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