Lesson – D-Day and Victory in Europe

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February 11, 2016 by mrcaseyhistory

assault-on-omaha-beach-by-simon-smith-2Quaestio: What event marked the turning point toward victory for the Allies in Europe?

Classwork:
War Ends in Europe
Who Deserves Credit for WWII Victory?
War Ends in the Pacific

Homework Day 1:
Japan’s Pacific Campaign
Read and annotate the text and answer questions 1-8 on loose leaf

Homework Day 2:
Atomic Bomb Debate Project

STEP ONE

Read the two articles on the Atomic Bomb debate, one in support of dropping the bomb and one against dropping the bomb. You are encouraged, but not required, to take notes in your preferred format as you read.

Arguments Supporting the Bomb

Arguments Against the Bomb

STEP TWO

Create a fictional dialogue between two characters debating the issue, with one arguing in support of the bomb and one arguing against the bomb. You have TWO OPTIONS for the format. It can either be (1) a script for a play or (2) a comic strip. Either way, you must include ALL of the numbered arguments for both sides in some way. You do not need to go into every examples used to support each argument, and you may focus on some more than others, but you must hit each one at least once. Further, you should not feel forced to follow the order of the arguments in the articles. Rather, as you create your fictional debate, present them in the order that makes sense as a back-and-forth between the two characters, each trying to respond to the other and prove their own side is right.

STEP THREE

Write a reflection on both the dropping of the bomb and the debate surrounding it, explaining your own personal position. If you are convinced of one side or the other, explain why certain arguments from one side convinced you while others from the other side did not. If you are still unsure, then discuss why you are unsure, and which arguments from either side are pulling you in two directions. In either case, you must cite specific textual evidence in your reflection. You should make reference to no less than five specific examples from at least three different arguments, but you may bring in more than that. The reflection should be 1-2 page long.

 

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