This PowerPoint covers information on the dropping of the atomic bombs, the role of the U.S. in Japan, General MacArthur, Japanese concessions, Japan's new constitution, Japanese inability to wage war, Japanese support during Korean War, and Japanese technology today. Included are matching guided notes and completed notes. Also included is the activity given in the PowerPoint.
The activity analyzes the dropping of the atomic bombs from the Japanese and American perspectives. Before completing the activity, I show a short video clip describing the dropping of the bombs. Next, each student completes the guided questions on the first page of the activity. After completing those two questions. pair students up with opposing views. Once partnering the students up, each student will analyze the documents on the last page; however, one student will analyze them from the perspective of the Japanese, and the other will analyze them from the perspective of the Americans. Although they are focusing on their specific perspectives, I always have my students try to write down some of the broader points of the other side's justification. After analyzing the documents, I have each partner share their views and see if anyone's perspective has changed.