-Day One: My students and I will read about the decision of the U.S. to drop the atomic bomb. We will discuss various resources that will be made available. We will then evaluate the significance of this decision...and...
look at consequences and impact.
Following the review of several secondary reading resources...
I will have students utilize primary sources in groups of 3. I will have students examine these resources and evaluate how the decision was made to drop the atomic bomb (We have a 1 to 1 computer school...so each student will have access to the sites and documents). I will have each group discuss the merits of the decision. Following this, I will have each group share their insights in relation to why the decision was made to drop the bomb with the whole class.
In groups, I will then have students create a position in
relation what they would have done and why.
We will then again share and process group responses and debate the merit of the group decisions.
-Day Two: Reflecting upon the title of this lesson...Why Am I Here??? (I will tie in day one's lesson to the realities of me)
I will then have students discuss how decisions of the past have a
real impact on our lives.
We will then log on to the NET to Examine "current events". The focus...How will what is going on today potentially directly impact your lives. As a springboard to our NET investigations, I will have students
read about current topics that are being highlighted by the press.
I will have students complete an essay describing an event
taking place presently...and...I will have them evaluate how it may impact their lives in the near and long term future. I will also ask them to create
two questions for which they would like the answer.
-Day Three: I will have students share their topics and essays and discuss the impact that history (or events in history) might have in our lives in the future. I
will allow student questions and interaction following each presentation.
This time will allow for students to generate further learning and further
questions to investigate.
I will then, wrap up this lesson by coming back to the decision by
President Truman years ago. Here I Am! :-). (Share Oppenheimer quote)
I will follow this up with an evaluation of this lesson/activity. A focus of
this evaluation will center upon student understanding in relation to how
decisions in history can directly impact our lives today.