Social Studies 11-12 Truman Announces Atomic Bomb

Social Studies 11-12 Truman Announces Atomic Bomb

Standards & Objectives

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • What is the purpose of the speech?
  • Who are the physical and intended audiences?
  • Why does Truman recap the bombing of Pearl Harbor?
  • Why is the ultimatum issued to the Japanese relevant?
  • What were the costs and logistics of the bomb’s development and why are these considerations important to his audience?
  • Discuss the irony in Truman’s belief that maintaining world peace will likely be due to a weapon of mass destruction. 

Activity/Task Variations

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Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers.

  • Depending upon individual need, you may employ graphic organizers (including drawing pictures for ELL students), popcorn read-alouds, vocabulary footnotes, and one-on-one with teacher or ELL teacher. Small reading groups may be recommended according to ELL and other remedial considerations.