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A View With No Slant

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Students began the unit by reading a section of the case study of dropping the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The teacher facilitated a large group discussion to analyze opinions and options: Which opinions were based on an assumption of the Japanese readiness to surrender? What evidence existed to support or refute those opinions? Which opinion predicts effects beyond the end of the war that dropping the bomb would cause? If a decision or action solves an immediate problem, how heavily should future effects of the action be weighed?

Then the teacher asked the students to write an essay to discuss the interpretations of the decision to drop the bomb. Each student chose one interpretation with which they disagree and write an essay detailing his/her reasons. The students were asked to share their essays in class.

Then the teacher showed the video from Japan about the atomic bomb showing the disaster from the Japanese view point. The teacher facilitated a large group discussion of how the students opinions might have changed after viewing the video.

The the teacher asked students to do research, compare and analyze different view points of a certain historical event which took place between the U.S. and Japan. The students could chose a partner or could work individually. The students were given time get started on their research at the library. The internet was not used for this project. The students used encyclopedia, books and newspaper articles.

To finish, the students did oral presentation on their research and turned in two-page summary of the research. The assessment was made based on their oral presentation using rubric, summary paper, and classroom participation.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Chris Rogers & Kazuko Stone
School: Green Bay, Wisconsin Team
Created: March 1, 1999 - Updated: April 27, 1999
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w99/projects/viewslant/pre.html