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					Name: ____________________________________________________Socratic Seminar: Dropping the Atomic Bomb

Directions: Using the resources provided to you in class and posted on the blog to develop a judgment/opinion for
whether or not the United States should have dropped the atomic bomb in order to end World War II.

Seminar Checklist:

1. Create a T-chart with arguments for or against dropping the bomb. Then, choose the top 3 arguments for or against
   dropping the bomb on Japan. Attach your notes & rough draft and turn in.

2. Write three (3) questions that can create a discussion during the Seminar. Questions must be open-ended and
   unable to be answered as “yes” or “no.”

3. Answer the written reflection question during the seminar.

4. Discussion
    Exceeds expectation
    Meets expectation
    Below expectation

4. Seminar Notes
    Gain Points by:
          o Ask a new question that is relevant to the topic and encourages more discussion.
          o Use a quote from the provided sources.
          o Use evidence from a source to agree/disagree with one of your classmates.
          o Use evidence from a source to support your own ideas.

     Lose points by:
          o Stating ideas that have no relevance to the topic.
          o Stating ideas without supportive evidence.
          o Agree/disagree without using supportive evidence.
          o Failure to be kind and respectful to anyone that you do not agree with.
          o Losing focus, being off-task, or talking while others are speaking
Arguments FOR dropping the bomb:
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3.



Arguments AGAINST dropping the bomb:

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3.




Your QUESTIONS:
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Seminar Notes:




Written Reflection - Complete on a separate sheet of paper.

1. Identify one classmate who made a point/argument that you strongly agree with. Explain WHY you agree with
his/her idea.

2. Identify one classmate who made a point/argument you strongly disagreed with. Explain how your ideas/views were
different than his/hers.

3. After the Socratic Seminar, distinguish TWO things you now understand better about why the U. S. dropped the
atomic bomb.

				
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