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NCSS: Support and Opposition to the Bomb

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students explore two primary source readings to identify the reasons used to support or oppose the use of the atomic bomb. They create a + chart with points and counterpoints that identify the reasons used by the supporters and by the opposition.

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

Students will work collaboratively on this assignment in groups of three or four. Decide ahead of time how you will create the groups or whether you will allow the class to form their own small groups.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(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

    Once students have completed the chart with the four key points for each position, lead a class discussion to analyze their findings. Have the students refer to the NoteFolio(tm) Reasons file they created at the beginning of the activity and compare the information they learned concerning opposition and support for use of the atomic bomb.