Hiroshima: A Lesson to Accompany a novel by John Hersey

Hiroshima: A Lesson to Accompany a novel by John Hersey

Author: Natalie Wai

This tutorial previews background information and images about the destructive effects of the first nuclear bomb

Students begin with a quiz

Next, students look at 4 images of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They brainstorm and share their feelings about the images.

The video details a 5 minute enactment  moments before and immediately after the bomb is dropped.

Students begin reading the text. Vocabulary and comprehension submission on google doc will be shared with me.

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View Trailer of John Hersey's Non fiction book Hiroshima

Before receiving the book, see the trailer to previewwhat you will be reading.

What do you know about World War II ?

Try these questions

Images and news articles about Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sixty nine years ago, on August 6, 1945 at 8:15am29 bomber named the Enola Gay dropped a nuclear bomb "Little Boy" on Hiroshima.  Three days later, on August 9, a bigger bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

 View the 4 images and read at least 2 news articles below and come to class prepared to respond to one quotation from one article.  You may respond to more but be able to explain why you chose the quotation and why you think knowing this information may benefit us in the present OR what similarities in current events you see in this event which occurred in August 1945.


Watch this Clip

First hand re-enactment from BBC Documentary. Imagine you are either the pilot who dropped the bomb or one of the civilians who experienced the bomb dropping on or near your home. How would you react?

Source: Hiroshima: Dropping the Bomb

Class Discussion

1. Come to class prepared to discuss the two videos you viewed along with the questions and reflections listed above.

2. Please search for the meaning of Hibakusha on the internet and be prepared to present 1 fact about this terminology that you believe no one else will have in their basic explanation of who he/she is and why he/she has been so -named.

3. You will receive the text next class but feel free to view the readings and vocabulary work along with the schedule.  Be prepared to discuss if there is a problem with submission. Remember, you can access this learning anytime, anywhere on a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.  Submissions can be done on the shared google doc you created and shared with me in the previous class.

Get Ready for Reading

Attached is a pdf doc of a timeline with readings and vocabulary
Scroll down for detailed dates when key sections of your readings are due.
Please submit all answers to the shared google doc with me.

Full Screen

Source: Hiroshima by John Hersey.doc - Walnut High School." 2013. 6 Aug. 2014