Standard #: SS.912.A.6.6


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Analyze the use of atomic weapons during World War II and the aftermath of the bombings.


Clarifications


This benchmark is annually evaluated on the United States History End-of-Course Assessment. For more information on how this benchmark is evaluated view the United States History End-of-Course Assessment Test Item Specifications pages 40-42. Additional resources may be found on the FLDOE End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments webpage and the FLDOE Social Studies webpage.

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Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SS.912.A.6.In.f Identify a reason why the United States decided to use atomic weapons against Japan and identify the aftermath, such as destruction and the ending of World War II.
SS.912.A.6.Su.f Recognize the aftermath of the use of atomic weapons against Japan, such as destruction and the ending of World War II.
SS.912.A.6.Pa.f Recognize that countries may take drastic measures to end a war.


Related Resources

Assessment

Name Description
Quiz: The Second World War

Test your knowledge of World War II with this 12-question multiple choice quiz provided by Khan Academy. Good luck!

Lesson Plan

Name Description
Reading Like a Historian: Atomic Bomb

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: How should we remember the dropping of the atomic bomb? First, students are told that they will choose an appropriate photo to accompany a U.N. website commemorating the dropping of the bomb. Students are then introduced to 2 narratives about WWII: "Hiroshima as Victimization" (the Japanese point of view) vs. "Hiroshima as Triumph" (the American point of view). The class is then divided into 2 halves, each of which looks at a variety of source documents-anecdotes, letters, and data-through its side's point of view only. Students then form groups of 4 to choose which image should be used in the "website." Each group shares its image and explains why they chose it. In a final discussion, the class talks about whether the bomb should have been dropped and whether they can second-guess a decision like Truman's.

Original Student Tutorials

Name Description
Winning World War II: Part 2 (of 2)

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II. You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.

Winning World War II: Part 1 (of 2)

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II.  You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war.  And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

 

From World War to Cold War: Part 2

Explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

This is part 2 in a two-part series. CLICK HERE to open Part 1. 

From World War to Cold War: Part 1 (of 2)

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953.  You'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history, and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Resource Collection

Name Description
American Experience: Harry Truman

This full-length video is a complete biography of Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States. Topics touched on include the atomic bombing of Japan, the Cold War, and the Korean War. Teachers should find the video an excellent resource to review or learn more about this time period.

The webpage also includes numerous shorter videos, articles, and primary sources about Truman and this time period in history, as well as a teacher's guide for using the film in class.

Tutorials

Name Description
Crash Course U.S. History: World War II - Part 1

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the events that led the U.S.A. to join and win World War II. You'll learn about the European and Pacific theaters of war and the fateful decision to use the first atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

1945: The End of World War II

Learn about the end of World War II in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy.

Student Resources

Original Student Tutorials

Name Description
Winning World War II: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II. You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.

Winning World War II: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II.  You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war.  And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

 

From World War to Cold War: Part 2:

Explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

This is part 2 in a two-part series. CLICK HERE to open Part 1. 

From World War to Cold War: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953.  You'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history, and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Assessment

Name Description
Quiz: The Second World War:

Test your knowledge of World War II with this 12-question multiple choice quiz provided by Khan Academy. Good luck!

Tutorials

Name Description
Crash Course U.S. History: World War II - Part 1:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the events that led the U.S.A. to join and win World War II. You'll learn about the European and Pacific theaters of war and the fateful decision to use the first atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

1945: The End of World War II:

Learn about the end of World War II in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy.



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