Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate

Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
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A unique panel debate about the atomic bomb that engages all students working in teams in a variety of roles. Some students will play the role of Harry Truman, a scientist working on the bomb, a survivor of the bombing, or a reporter who witnessed the destruction. Each panel member will also have two "brains" to help them answer questions. Other students will have roles that form, guide, and document the debate. Debate setup, prep, and reflection can be completed in two class periods.

Students love the format of this debate because they all get to play a part to complement their strength. Students also like that they have teammates ("the brains") to help them during the debate. Teachers like this debate because it forces students to evaluate primary sources, consider a variety of perspectives, and reflect on their own learning.

Each student group will also be given a short 1-2 page primary source to analyze in preparation for the debate. Sources include a letter from Harry Truman, a survivor's account of the bombing of Hiroshima, a petition written by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, and a summary of the destruction of the bombing.

Included in documents
-Debate instructions, rules, and moderator questions
-4 primary sources
-Student Self Reflection
Total Pages
10
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 hours

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Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate
Truman and the Brain: Atomic Bomb Debate