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It's Up for Debate



  • Language Arts


  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students work in teams to explore a variety of issues related to World War II, review the decisions that were made at the time, and debate the correctness of those decisions.


Students learn about the issues surrounding World War II and understand the complexity of the decisions involved in attaining and maintaining world peace.


debate, Japan, internment, atomic bomb, Harry Truman, Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Materials Needed

A variety of print and online resources about issues for debate [set dash] Web site suggestions are provided below.

Lesson Plan

Organize students into small groups, and assign each group a topic for debate. Topics might include


Evaluate students on their research and the quality of their arguments in relation to the research.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

World History: