Truman on Trial

** We’re proud to announce that the new edition of Truman On Trial (which includes lots of exciting new lesson activities and materials) was a finalist in the Education Resources Awards 2018! **

Through the lessons in this teaching pack students investigate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. They engage with a range of primary and secondary historical sources, and then stage a mock criminal trial to decide whether or not President Truman was justified in ordering the bombings.

The pack also contains subject-specific lessons for Citizenship, English, History and RE, including exploring media reporting, and writing haiku.

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Truman On Trial pack was a finalist in the Education Resources Awards 2018 and has been designated a Global Learning Resource by Think Global. Lesson 2 (the mock courtroom trial lesson)  is a TES Picks Resource.

Reviews of Truman on Trial can be found on our testimonials page and on the TES website.

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pdfLesson 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Carousel

Lesson 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Powerpoint




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pdfLesson 2: The Trial
pdfLesson 2: The Trial (Higher ability)
pdfLesson 2: The Trial (Lower ability)

Lesson 2: The Trial (Standard / Higher Ability) Powerpoint

Lesson 2: The Trial (Lower Ability) Powerpoint


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pdfLesson 3: Citizenship (Media Reporting) || Citizenship PowerPoint
pdfLesson 3: English (Haiku and Senryu) || English PowerPoint
pdfLesson 3: History (Source Analysis) || History PowerPoint 
pdfLesson 3: RE (Just War Theory) || RE PowerPoint