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Westerly High School Library: Atomic Bomb

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Assignment Outline

US History – World War II

Directions: For this assignment, you will use the internet to explore some of the

controversy around the use of the atomic bomb.

  •  First, you have up to 2 class periods to read several websites and consider arguments both for and against the use of the atomic bomb from three different perspectives.
  •  Then, on day 3, you will use the information you find to write an essay that argues your position on the issue as the most sensible choice.
  •  Your essay should include reasoning and evidence from your research to support your position.
  •  You should also consider competing views in your essay and explain why these views are flawed or why they aren’t strong enough to change your position.
  •  In your conclusion, emphasize why your topic is important, summarize your arguments, and restate your position as the most sensible choice.

Why the Atomic Bomb was Dropped (Peter Jennings)

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