001 - Changing Face of the World

Factual Question

What event changed the course of World War Two?

Key Terminology

  • Atomic bomb 
  • Hydrogen bomb 
  • The Manhattan Project
Define the terms above using the links provided below:

Links



Activity One - Watch and Discuss


  • As a class we will watch the Crash Course History YouTube clip and as we do write notes on the Padlet outlining the key events which changed the course of history. 
  • Using the notes the class has made on the padlet and the discussion, in your opinion what key event changed the course of WW2? Remember to justify your choice.

Crash Course History - World War Two



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Activity Two - Debatable Question

Was nuclear weaponry a necessary component to the ending of World War Two?

Taken From: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/Hiroshima_Aftermath_-_cropped_Version.jpg
Taken From: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Atomic_cloud_over_Hiroshima_(from_Matsuyama).jpg

British Pathe - A Day that Shock the World



The damaged caused by the nuclear bomb was devastating. We will be looking at a 360 degree image that shows Hiroshima after the Atom bomb was dropped. To do this follow the instructions below:

First you will need your smart phone.
    • Install the 'Roundme' app
    • Search for Hiroshima after the Atomic Bomb - Ground Zero
    • Turn the device landscape and click on the Google Cardboard icon.
    • Place your phone into the Google Cardboard.

Questions to Answer

  1. How does viewing the 360 images make you feel about the devastation?
  2. Using the first resource, create a timeline for the development of nuclear bombs. 
  3. When did America use nuclear weapons against Japan? 
  4. Why did America use nuclear weapons against Japan? 
        • Divide an A3 sheet of paper in to four and use the following titles as headings for each quadrant. Use the resources below to fill in each section. 
        • What damage did the bombs cause? 
        • How did America justify the bombing? 
        • Other factors that caused Japan to surrender. 
        • Interesting facts about the development of nuclear weapons. 
  5. Using the evidence you have collected, was nuclear weaponry a necessary component to the ending of WW2? Answer in approximately 500 words.


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