The Bomb is a new PBS documentary with restored and colorized footage. It is available on the PBS website or you may use the PBS DVD. The description of the documentary on the PBS website states:
“The program recounts the bomb’s history, as well as the successes, failures and moral dilemmas of the personalities who created it. We learn how it was developed and how it quickly changed everything, from international relations to politics, and culture.
We hear from scientists, weapons designers, pilots who dropped nuclear bombs, former Secretaries of Defense and State who wrestled with the bomb’s impact on international diplomacy, witnesses to nuclear explosions, historians, and ordinary men and women who have lived and worked with the Bomb.” The Bomb was first shown July 28, 2015. One hour, fifty-four minutes. Sample the video at: http://www.pbs.org/program/bomb/
With this purchase you get:
• 79 simple, fact based guided viewing questions for students
• Answer key for all guided viewing questions – includes a breakdown of the segment names and times within the video so you can use individual segments as you wish
• 25 question true/false quiz to motivate students to watch the video and answer the questions fully
• A ten question activity that will reach the highest level of thought and ignite debate and argument among your students.
The viewing questions are designed to lay the basic level knowledge that students need to engage in the critical thinking debate that comes at the end of the activity.
Also, since the documentary is available online students can watch the documentary on their own time to acquire the basic level knowledge required to engage in the classroom debate. Learning is placed on students’ shoulders and there is little for the teacher to do other than facilitate the high level critical thinking activity.