World War II: NEUTRALITY
Directions for Teachers: Describe
what neutrality is. Sweden & Switzerland maintained their
neutrality throughout the war. Speculate why other nations would respect
that neutrality. Then ask - if Germany had won the war, would the
neutrality of these other nations have been respected?
World War II: What can a nation do to protect its
Directions for Teachers: Break
the class into groups. Have each group respond to the question: Apart from
war and conflict, what can a nation do to protect its interests? Groups
are to agree on a list of three actions. Give them a few minutes. Then
have each group read their list to the class. Create a list on the
overhead of all suggestions putting check marks next to duplications.
World War II - HIROSHIMA
about the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima
On August 6, 1945, the U.S.
dropped an Atomic Bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan
60,000-80,000 people died
as a direct result of the bomb blast
About 100 square miles of
the city was completely destroyed
Over the next 10 years,
40,000 people died as a result of injuries from the bomb or radiation
On August 7, 1945, the U.S.
demanded Japan surrender immediately and unconditionally.
On August 9, 1945, the U.S.
dropped a second Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
Directions to Students: Your
job is to write a letter (business style) to President Truman on August 8,
1945 to try and convince him not to drop the second bomb. Be assured that
your letter will reach the President prior to August 9, 1945 and that he
will read it. Tips: What does it take for a country to surrender
immediately and unconditionally? (Can this be done in only two days?) Why
do we need this second show of force? Is it only to prove that we have
more than one bomb? How critical is that?
Lessons by Other Authors
Atomic Bomb & Hiroshima