Engage your students in exploring six of the more ethically difficult military decisions made during World War II. Working in collaborative groups, students explore these decisions deliberating amongst themselves in an effort to decide the decisions' military and moral justification. The six cases include: (1) Not Bombing Auschwitz; (2) Japanese Internment; (3) Use of Firebombing; (4) Alliance with Soviet Union; (5) Dropping of the Atomic Bomb; and (6) Holding of War Crime Trials. Each case study includes a one-page summary with key vocabulary highlighted and "Questions for Discussion" to guide student deliberation. A student decision-making data retrieval chart helps facilitate recording of a student's decisions and their group discussion. An optional exit ticket is included to assess individual student thinking for the lesson. For the teacher, a brief lesson plan is provided to help facilitate implementation.
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