Truman on Trial

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

Investigate the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. In this pack, students engage with a range of primary and secondary historical sources before staging a mock criminal trial in the classroom 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 haiku-writing and Just War theory.

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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)

The Trial (Standard / Higher Ability) Powerpoint

The Trial (Lower Ability) Powerpoint


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pdfLesson 3 :Citizenship (Media reporting) || Citizenship PowerPoint
pdfLesson 3: English (Haiku) || English PowerPoint
pdfLesson 3: History (Sources) || History PowerPoint 
pdfLesson 3: RE (Just War) || RE PowerPoint