This is a primary source investigative study where your students grapple with the question of whether the US should have dropped the bombs on Japan in 1945.
This unit contains:
• Background sheet on dropping of the bombs
• Student Assignment sheet (2 pages)
• Argument cards
• Evidence file consisting of 19 written primary sources (official documents, personal accounts, etc.) about dropping of the atomic bombs and 8 visuals of the effects of dropping the bombs.
The unit involves students going through the sources, summarising the arguments, carrying out a class "tug of war" activity debating the arguments on both sides of the debate. The culminating task requires the students to prepare a 2 minute speech to answer the question of whether the USA should have dropped the bombs to end the pacific War in World War Two.
A complete unit, which has brought together a rich collection of primary sources covering many arguments on the issue. It is all ready for you to present to your class, to get them engaged in this complex but fascinating question in History.
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