"If You Are Hit By Two Atomic Bombs, Should You Have Kids?" (ELA)



For the main part of the lesson, students will read and respond to the excerpt for the book,The Violinist's Thumb, by Robert Krulwich. The excerpt details the studied effect on one family in particular and the population in general that was affected by the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Yamaguchi was very unfortunate and was bombed in both bomb droppings. He and his wife, who was present for only one of the bombings, and their children's health, is examined. Finally, general statistics for the population affected in Japan are given.

Lesson Time

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  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
    • Patient Care
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    • Biotechnology
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K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • document information in the form of notes derived from the lectures, the readings, and the radio podcast in a way that accurately captures and summarizes the information for later use in the written position piece
  • engage in a range of collaborative discussions both as part of a large-group, teacher-led overview of events and occurrences focused on in the reading, and in smaller groups to generate their perspective positions on the topic.
  • assess the types and viability of information from various sources using the data and the perspective of those providing the information in order to form their own opinion and create an opinion piece arguing the merits of the United States providing a formal apology for the use of atomic weapons on Japanese citizens at the end of WW II.

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