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At the Potsdam Conference, Truman tells Stalin about U.S. atomic research, partially triggering the Cold War. There are several versions of this conversation from individuals connected to this event.
When comparing written sources, students have a hard time connecting to the significance of the different accounts. This project helps students explore and comparing primary and secondary sources through scriptwriting and performing.
Each group has a director, scriptwriter, and actors. I had students write down their first and second choice roles to help me form groups. The assignment gives specific expectations and instructions per role. The goal is for the group to adapt a source into a script to perform as a scene for the class.
Good ways to extend this lesson is to use it as class discussion, written reflection, mini-debates, etc. This also makes good connections to study source bias and credibility.
I find it better use of time for students to type up the scripts so they can edit and share, such as through OneDrive or Google Drive, then submit to teacher through turnitin.com.
If technology resources are limited, it can be done all by hand, but I would suggest having students create a final draft to turn in so that photo copies can be made for group to rehearse with.
Included in the product file is:
--handout on group work directions
--role specific rubrics for the director, scriptwriter, and actors
--scene summary outline for director
--seven sources that describe the event between Truman and Stalin
--audience notes for the class when each group presents their scene
I also have students do "side work" so that they aren't disruptive when their role is waiting on another (such as actors waiting on a script to finish. I recommend doing this and collecting side work as a separate grade. This is not included in this file, but any Cold War related independent work can be used as side work, such as notes, source questions, chart or map work, etc.