Students are excited to learn when they get up and moving around the room for a walkaround activity. This 5-E based lesson challenges students to consider the question, ”Would you drop it?”, in reference to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.
A PowerPoint presentation will guide you easily through the entire lesson. First, engage your students with a fun memory game about Japan. Then, brainstorm and watch a cool video clip about the origins of Godzilla. Review the events of WWII through song lyrics. Slides and a BBC video clip allow you to explore the events and consequences of the atomic bombings. A student handout is provided with 2 different levels of a reading passage and comprehension questions to easily differentiate between higher and lower leveled students. Elaborate with the walkaround activity where students will analyze 12 posters hung around the room. They gather information from the images in support of and against the use of the atomic bomb. Evaluate what they have learned by challenging students to write an essay in response to the idea, “Do you believe using the atomic bomb was a necessary evil or terrible mistake?
My students always find this a very interesting topic and activity. They often leave with a new understanding as to why their first response to hearing about problems around the world should not be “why don’t we just drop a bomb on them?” as I so often hear from my middle school students.
Lesson Includes: PowerPoint presentation, 2 levels of a reading comprehension passage with questions, an answer key, a summative essay prompt with scoring rubric, 12 picture walk-around set with student reflection handout, and teacher quick reference guide
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