What Would You Do? Scenario: Civilians as Human Shields

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What would you do when faced with an impossible choice? A video gives background knowledge for the battle of Okinawa when the Japanese military used civilians a shields to slow the Americans advance. It gives pupils an opportunity to analyze why American soldiers made the decision to fire upon Japanese civilians. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to prompt a discussion on what learners would do in the same situation
  • Pair with a lesson on war crimes and other atrocities that occurred during WWII
Classroom Considerations

  • The topic of war and violence may not be appropriate for all ages
Pros

  • Archival footage adds a visual element for scholars 
  • Explains some of the Japanese extreme military tactics during WWII
Cons

  • None