001 - Changing Face of the World
What event changed the course of World War Two?
- Atomic bomb
- Hydrogen bomb
- The Manhattan Project
Define the terms above using the links provided below:
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.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: World War II: Timeline
- Sparknotes: World War II Summary of Events
Activity Two - Debatable Question
Was nuclear weaponry a necessary component to the ending of World War Two?
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
- How does viewing the 360 images make you feel about the devastation?
- Using the first resource, create a timeline for the development of nuclear bombs.
- When did America use nuclear weapons against Japan?
- 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.
- Using the evidence you have collected, was nuclear weaponry a necessary component to the ending of WW2? Answer in approximately 500 words.