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Portfolio Artifact Rationale Statement The Bombs of WWII Truman and Character Education Context and Connection to Educational

l Frameworks This lesson plan was written for an assignment in LTM 612. The idea for the lesson came from an International Relations course I teach for juniors and seniors at Marquette High School. The textbook for the course is called Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation by Joseph Nye and David Welch. In the text, Nye and Welch introduce how ethics influence decisions made in major decisions regarding war. As an exercise I have always asked the students if Hitler was evil for the actions taken during the Holocaust. I think follow up the question by asking if Truman is evil for using nuclear weapons against Japan. I then lead students through a reflection on how they make moral judgments. That exercise was turned into a lesson for a US History class to fulfill a requirement in LTM 612. Howard Gardners work on multiple intelligences is well represented through this lesson because students are engaged in learning about bombing campaigns during WWII by reading, writing, discussing, listening, and presenting. Any number of these approaches may be effective in supporting the central questions on how we judge character during war. Blooms taxonomy is also important in this lesson because students are supported to analyze information and make determinations on values. Lawrence Kohlbergs work is also important with this lesson because students will consider different levels of value judgments and will employ both utilitarian and Kantian ethics. Kohlbergs work is important for building just communities in schools through both academic exercises and practical applications. Restate in your own words what this standard/ability means Teachers must obtain knowledge of subject area and make clear connections to curriculum goals. AEA Conceptualization Teachers must consider how lessons support content knowledge and cross-curricular goals for developing a strong liberal arts education. Artifact Lesson Plan from LTM 612 The Bombs of WWIITruman and Character Education WTS #7 Effective implementation of this lesson relies on a thorough understanding of the military history of bombs used in the context of WWII in order to support student inquiry through the learning process. The lesson also requires a solid understanding of multiple approaches to ethics and their application to content in history. I designed this lesson with the larger mission of Marquette High School in mind because students are to develop an understanding of justice across all content areas. AEA Conceptualization The very concept of this lesson is to support students to learn content from WWII and relate it to other lessons on ethics and morality. Students are supported to develop an understanding of how crosscurricular lessons may encourage a broad liberal arts education. The teacher is central in this process of conceptualization because the cross-curricular links must be deliberate and the students must be supported to explore a variety of avenues while still engaging the same lessons. Standard/Ability WTS #7