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NCSS: Assessing Truman?s Decision

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

This is an assessment of the content knowledge each student should have with regard to the causes and effects associated with the decision to use the atomic bomb to force the Japanese surrender during World War II.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Distribute the file, Atomic Bomb Assessment.edc, to the class.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Use chronology, sequencing, and patterns to examine interpretations of an event.
  • Evaluate conflicting sources and materials in the interpretation of a historical event or episode.
  • Evaluate President Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb.
  • Analyze the validity and reliability of primary source information and appropriate uses of information.
  • After the Activity

    Have the students submit their completed assessments to the teacher's PC in the same manner used to transmit files earlier in this lesson.