President Truman's Diary on the Atomic Bomb Analysis Activity

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Students of History
Grade Levels
5th - 10th
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This fantastic primary source document activity has students reading a short excerpt from President Truman's diary entry regarding the use of atomic bombs on Japan. In simple terms, Truman justifies dropping the bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki and calls them "military targets".

This is a great, simple reading for students to complete for a warm up or to generate a debate on the bomb's use. Included are several short answer questions to help promote class discussion.

This is one of my favorite ways to conclude our World War 2 unit and always spurs a great class debate.

An editable Google Doc version is included along with an answer key for your convenience.

This resource can also be downloaded as part of my Complete World War 2 Unit Plan Bundle here along with DOZENS of other great lessons and resources on WW2!

Enjoy and thank you for looking!

Total Pages
2 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).


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